POWERS, WESLEY J. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Corporal, Company F, 147th Illinois Infantry.
Place and date:   At Oostanaula, Ga., 3 April 1865.

Entered service at:   Virgil, Ill.

Birth:   Canada.

Date of issue:   24 October 1895.

Citation:   Voluntarily swam the river under heavy fire and secured a ferryboat, by means of which the command crossed.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)