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Edward Bancroft Williston
First Lieutenant Edward Williston c. 1860–1864
July 15, 1837|
|Died||April 24, 1920
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance|| United States of America
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1861–1900|
|Unit||2nd Artillery Regiment|
|Commands held||6th Artillery Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
|Awards||– Medal of Honor|
On August 5, 1861, Williston was commissioned in the 2nd United States Artillery as a second lieutenant in San Francisco, California. Later that year, on September 27, he was promoted to first lieutenant. On June 12, 1864, Williston received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Trevilian Station, Virginia as part of Battery D, 2nd United States Artillery, as part of the famed U.S. Horse Artillery Brigade. The medal citation is for his "distinguished gallantry in action at Trevillian Station, Virginia, June 2, 1864."
Effective March 8, 1865, Williston promoted to captain. He was brevetted captain on May 3, 1863, for "gallant and meritorious services in action at Salem Heights, Virginia" and brevetted Major for the same at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. He was brevetted Lieutenant Colonel on September 19, 1864 in the Battle of Winchester and brevetted Colonel on March 13, 1865.
However it was not until March 22, 1885, before Williston was permanently promoted to major in the 3rd U.S. Artillery, reaching lieutenant colonel ten years later on February 12, 1895. He reached full colonel in the 6th U.S. Artillery on March 8, 1898.
During the Spanish–American War, Williston was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on March 4, 1898; he was discharged from the volunteers on June 12, 1899, and reverted to his permanent rank of colonel. He retired on July 15, 1900; by an act of Congress, he was promoted to brigadier general on the retired list on April 23, 1904.
Married to Flora E. Chatfield Williston (1861–1944), Williston retired to Portland, Oregon, and died there on April 24, 1920. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, with his wife being buried next to him twenty four years later.
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