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Lester Sebastian Willson
Birth: Jun. 16, 1839
Canton
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1919
Bozeman
Gallatin County
Montana, USA

Brevet Brigadier General. He enlisted as a private in the 60th New York Volunteer Infantry in August of 1861 and spent the next few months guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Maryland. By 1865, he had gained the rank of colonel of his regiment. He participated in campaigns in Virginia and Maryland and was severely wounded at Chancellorsville. Beginning in February of 1864, he participated in all of the battles of General Sherman's campaign from Chattanooga to Raleigh. As assistant adjutant-general, he received the surrender of the city of Savannah from Mayor Arnold and was the first officer to enter that city at the head of his own regiment. At the conclusion of the war, he was breveted brigadier general "for gallant and meritorious services in the campaign under General Sherman, resulting in the fall of Atlanta." He later administered the Soldiers' Home in Albany, New York. In 1867, he moved to Bozeman in Montana territory to join his brother in the mercantile business. (bio by: Thomas Fisher) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Emma D. Weeks Willson (1841 - 1923)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Lester Willson (1873 - 1873)*
  Fred Fielding Willson (1877 - 1956)*
  Lester Eugene Willson (1879 - 1893)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunset Hills Cemetery
Bozeman
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
Plot: Section D
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Thomas Fisher
Record added: Jul 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14815478
Lester Sebastian Willson
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Lester Sebastian Willson
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Lester Sebastian Willson
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