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Williston, Edward Bancroft


Age: 0, credited to Norwich, VT
Unit(s): 2nd US ARTY, USV
Service: comn 2LT, 2nd US ARTY, 8/5/61, pr 1LT, 9/27/61, Bvt CPT, 5/3/63, gallant and meritorious services, Salem Heights; Bvt MAJ, 7/3/63, Gettysburg; Bvt LTC, 9/19/64, Winchester; Bvt COL, 3/13/65, during the war, pr CPT, 3/8/65, pr MAJ, 3rd US ARTY, 3/22/85, pr LTC, 2/12/95, pr COL, 6th US ARTY, 3/8/98, pr BGen, USV 3/4/98, disch 6/12/99, ret 7/15/1900, pr BGen 4/23/1904 (Medal of Honor) [College: NU 56]

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Birth: 07/15/1836, Norwich, VT
Death: 04/24/1920

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Marker/Plot: 01/0422
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery
Findagrave Memorial #: 5845729


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: NU 56
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Medal of Honor

This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Edward Bancroft Williston

Rank and Organization: 1st Lieut., 2nd U.S. Artillery.
Place and date: Trevilian Station, VA, 12 Jul 1864.
Entered service at: San Francisco, CA.
Born: 15 July 1836, Norwich.
Date of Issue: 6 Apr 1892.
Died: 24 Apr 1920
Buried: National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. (1-422)
Citation: Distinguished gallantry in action at Trevillian Station, Virginia, June 2, 1864.


NARA File Number: 20120-PRD-1891.


Photographer: James Gardner
(Library of Congress)


Edward Bancroft Williston was born in Norwich, Vermont, July 15, 1836/7, the son of Ebenezer B. and Almira (Partridge) Williston. He graduated from Norwich University in 1856 and moved to San Diego, California. On August 5, 1861, he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd United States Artllery.

He was promoted to First Lieutenant, September 27, 1861; Captain, March 8, 1865; Major, 3rd U.S. Artillery, March 22, 1885; Lieutenant Colonel, February 12, 1895; Colonel, 6th U.S. Artillery, March 8, 1898; Brigadier General of Volunteers, March 4, 1898; discharged from the volunteer service, June 12, 1899; retired by operation of law, July 15, 1900, and advanced to Brigadier General on the retired list, by Act of Congress of April 23, 1904.

He received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War for "distinguished gallantry in action at Trevillian Station, Virginia, June 2, 1864." He was breveted Captain, May 3, 1863 for "gallant and meritorious services in action at Salem Heights, Virginia; breveted Major, July 3, 1863 for the same at the Battle of Gettysburg; Lieutenant Colonel, September 19, 1864 for the same in the Battle of Winchester, Virginia; Colonel, March 13, 1865 for the same during the war.

In 1905 he was Assistant Superintendent of the Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C.

He made his retirement home in Portland, Oregon, and died on April 24, 1920. He was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.

In the war with Spain he was on active duty--at one time provost-mashal at Manila.


M. E. Goddard and Henry V. Patridge, "A History of Norwich Vermont," (The Dartmouth Press, Hanover, NH, 1905), p. 252.
Guy V. Henry, "Military Record of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army," (D. Van Nostrand, Publisher, New York, 1873), p. 231.
Arlington National Cemetery

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