Thomas M. Wells

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Thomas M. Wells
Born 1841
Ather, Ireland
Died 1901
New York City
Place of burial East DeKalb Cemetery, De Kalb Junction, New York
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Union army 1st lt rank insignia.jpg First Lieutenant
Unit New York (state) 6th New York Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Cedar Creek
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas McCoy Wells (1841 – February 5, 1901) was an Irish born Union Army soldier and officer during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Cedar Creek fought near Middletown, Virginia on October 19, 1864. The battle was the decisive engagement of Major General Philip Sheridan’s Valley Campaigns of 1864 and was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley.

Wells enlisted in the Army from De Kalb, New York in November 1861, and was assigned to the 6th NY Cavalry. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in January 1865, and promoted to first lieutenant the following May. [1] Wells was transferred to the 2nd Provisional NY Cavalry in June 1865, and mustered out with this regiment the following August. [2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Chief Bugler Thomas McCoy Wells, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 October 1864, while serving with 6th New York Cavalry, in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia, for capture of colors of 44th Georgia Infantry (Confederate States of America).”

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