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William R. Parnell

Born: Aug 13, 1836

Death: Aug 20, 1910

Birthplace: Dublin

Nationality: United States

William R. Parnell

Date of Birth : Aug 13, 1836
Date of Death : Aug 20, 1910
Birth Place : Dublin

William Russell Parnell was an Irish-born adventurer and soldier during the mid-to late 19th century. A member of the 17th Lancers during the Crimean War, he was one of the few survivors of the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade. He later became a Lieutenant Colonel and brevet Colonel in the U.S. Army, participating in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. Parnell served as an officer to the 1st U.S. Cavalry in the Nez Perce War and received the Medal of Honor for leading a rescue of troops, and personally saving the life of a fallen trooper, at the Battle of White Bird Canyon in 1877.

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