Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Civil War at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo., in 1861
(1836-1918) Wherry was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861. He was brevetted for gallantry for his actions in the Atlanta campaign, at Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., and at Wilmington, N.C., receiving promotion to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. He was the bearer of the rolls and terms of surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston's Army to Washington, D.C. He fought in the Spanish American War participating in the battle of San Juan Hill and the capture of Santiago.
Document Signed: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, imprint, signed in ink.
Headquarters Military Division of the Pacific,
San Francisco, Cal., January 13, 1872
Special Orders, No. 11
Sergeant F.B. Pilling, Signal Service, is hereby granted a furlough for thirty days on surgeon's certificate.
Private Henry Hensley, Company "L," 2d U.S. Artillery, is detailed to perform Sergeant Pillings duties during his absence.
By Order Of Major General Schofield
Assistant Adjutant General
Wm. M. Wherry
Excellent, large ink signature, Wm. M. Wherry,
Rubber stamped in blue at bottom right of the document, Capt. G.C. Smith, San Francisco, Jan. 15, 1872.
Addressed in red ink at bottom left, G.C. Smith, A.Q.M.
Light age toning and wear.