William Wallace Noyes
Civil War soldier and Medal of Honor Awardee
William Wallace Noyes was born April 23, 1846, in that part of the Town of Montpelier which, after the division of 1848, became East Montpelier. Little is known of his early life.
He enlisted July 21, 1863, as a paid substitute for Joseph Sterling of Montpelier and was attached to Company F of the 2d Vermont Regiment. Astonishingly, William survived the murderous action at Spotsylvania and his daring exploit atop the breastworks on May 12, 1864. He was, however, wounded near Petersburg on April 2, 1865, in one of the last actions of the war in Virginia.
William returned to Montpelier and lived to age 64. His occupation was listed in the census as "mechanic," a trade he was practicing when he was killed by a fall while working on the Blanchard Block in Montpelier. He was buried in the Cutler Cemetery in East Montpelier.
William Noyes received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1892. His citation reads:
Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 2d Vermont Infantry. Place and date: At Spotsylvania, Va., 12May1864. Entered service at: Montpelier, Vt. Birth: Montpelier, Vt. Date of issue: 22 March 1892. Citation: Standing upon the top of the breastworks, deliberately took aim and fired no less than 15 shots into the enemy's lines, but a few yards away.
In 2000, after much research and paperwork by Elliott Morse, Maurice Ceruti, Tom McKenna and Dan Witcher, a bronze plaque was supplied by the federal government. This plaque was set into a granite base, courtesy of Dan Witcher and North Barre Granite Co. On Armed Forces Day, May 20th, there was a grand celebration complete with civil war music, the Civil War Hemlocks speakers and an unveiling at the cemetery.Read about the action at the Bloody Angle in Spotsyvania Court House ->>