Friday, February 13, 2015

Civil War Service

In June, 2014 I wrote a posting about Polly Bennett and Zadok Williams, my fourth great-grandparents.    In it I mentioned that they had two sons, Sylvester and William, who served in the Civil War.   Just today, I discovered that all three of their sons, Sylvester, William and Hawley, had served.

While researching in the wonderful genealogy department of the Indian River County Library in Vero Beach, Florida I found the book Record of service of Connecticut men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion compiled by authority of the General Assembly, under direction of the Adjutants-General, Stephen R. Smith… (et al.)  It was in this book that I found details of the military service of my third great-grandfather, William Williams, and his two brothers, Sylvester and Hawley.

Private William Williams, a resident of Weston, Connecticut, enlisted in the 17th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Company E on August 6, 1862, mustered in on August 28, 1862, and had a disability discharge on January 1, 1863.

Private Sylvester Williams, a resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, enlisted in the 17th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Company G on August 12, 1862 and mustered in on August 28, 1862. He was wounded and captured May 2, 1863 in Chancellorsville, Virginia then paroled May 15, 1863.  He mustered out July 19, 1865.

Private Hawley Williams, a resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, enlisted in the 8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry on September 14, 1861 and mustered in on September 23, 1861. His entry states he re-enlisted as a veteran on December 24, 1863, was captured May 16, 1864 in Fort Darling, Virginia and then paroled in August.

I wanted to give proper credit to these three brothers for their military service.


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