Horace Harper Bill(1842 - 1862)
Home State: Ohio
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Known by Harper, he enlisted in Company K, 8th Ohio Infantry at age 20 on 25 June 1861. He was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major, then promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, Company K on 26 April 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam. Colonel Sawyer wrote Harper's father after the battle:
Lieutenant Horace H. Bill was in command of company K, of the 8th regiment, it’s captain being absent, sick, and most gallantly led his company upon the enemy, and fell early in the engagement, pierced with three balls—one in the head, one in the body, passing through his sword belt, and one in the leg. He was not conscious after this, but life was not entirely extinct until near night. I made every effort to have the body sent to the rear, and to procure a coffin for it, but this was impossible. Capt. James E. Gregg superintended his burial, on the field, and marked his grave, and has his memorandum book, and perhaps other things. He had no sword of his own yet, but wore Capt. Pierce’s (his Captain).
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of Ohio1. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photo from one posted by the Sandusky Library Archive on Sandusky History, source also of the letter from Colonel Sawyer to Harper's father after Antietam quoted above. His father Earl Bill, Jr. was Sheriff, Justice of the Peace, Deputy Clerk of the Common Pleas Court, County Treasurer, and served in the Ohio State Senate (from Oakland Cemetery).
|Birth Date: 04/04/1842 |
Death Date: 09/17/1862 Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD Burial Place: Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky, OH
1 State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 2, pp. 256 - 260 [AotW citation 14759]
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