Schrader: Looking for the site of Wesson’s 1st battle

Remembering that S.D. “Deck” Wesson fought his first battle of the Civil War at Williamsburg, Va., in May 1862, I decided to search for the battlefield last week while we were visiting our son in Virginia.

Wesson, a Union soldier from Victor Township, had been encamped near Washington, D.C.,  and Alexandria, Va., as he began his four-year stint with Company K of the 8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment.

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