Henry Walton Wessells, Jr.
Brigadier General, United States Army
at Sacketts Harbor, New York, December 24, 1846, the son of Henry W. (U.S.
Army), and Hannah Cooper Wessells. He was educated at Deep Hill Institute,
Danbury, Connecticut. He married Eliza Lane Meginnis, March 24, 1869.
He served as Private and Sergeant, Companies K and D, 7th United States Infantry, March 1-August 16, 1865 in the Civil War. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant and then First Lieutenant, 7th U.S. Infantry, July 21, 1865. He transferred to the 3rd U.S. Cavalry, January 1, 1871. He was promoted to Captain, December 20, 1872; Major, August 16, 1892, Lieutenant Colonel, May 8, 1899; Colonel, unassigned, February 1, 1901 and was retired for disability incurred in the line of duty, February 2, 1901.
He was advanced to the rank of Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired, on April 23, 1904. He served in the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection.
He died on November 9, 1929 and was buried
in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Cadet, United States Naval Academy, 20 September
1862 to 12 November 1864
Major Henry W. Wessells, Jr., of the Third
United States Cavalry, ranks twelfth in the list of Cavalry Majors and
is the senior Major of his regiment. He was born in New York and is a son
of the late Brigadier General Henry W. Wessells, a veteran of the Florida
War against the Seminoles, the Mexican War and the Civil War. Wessells
enlisted in Company K of the Seventh United States Infantry and on March
1, 1865 was appointed Sergeant in Company D of the same regiment.
He was promoted to a Second Lieuenantacy and to a First Lieutenancy on
the same day in July 1865. He was transferred to the cavalry arm
of the service and assigned to his present regiment on January 1, 1871.
On December 20, 1872 he was appointed Captain. He appointment as Major
in the Third Cavalry was made on August 16, 1892.
WESSELLS, HENRY W JR
Updated: 3 November 2000 Updated: 19 January 2002 Updated: 3 April 2004 Updated: 21 November 2005 Updated: 10 August 2007 Updated: 27 October 2008
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004