About William George Stephens
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private William G. Stephens, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 22 May 1863, while serving with Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, in action at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Private Stephens carried, with others, by hand, a cannon up to and fired it through an embrasure of the enemy's works.
General Orders: Date of Issue: December 21, 1894
Action Date: May 22, 1863
Company: Chicago Mercantile Battery
Division: Illinois Light Artillery