SEWELL, WILLIAM J. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Colonel, 5th New Jersey Infantry.
Place and date:   At Chancellorsville, Va., 3 May 1863.

Entered service at:   Camden, N.J. Born: 6 December 1835, Ireland.

Date of issue:   25 March 1896.

Citation:   Assuming command of a brigade, he rallied around his colors a mass of men from other regiments and fought these troops with great brilliancy through several hours of desperate conflict, remaining in command though wounded and inspiring them by his presence and the gallantry of his personal example.

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)