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Federal (USV)

Private

Eldridge Williams

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old farmer in Lawrence County, he mustered as Private, Company D, 27th Indiana Infantry on 15 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the thigh and wrist in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. He later wrote:

They finds me under a corn shed wounded. The other boys are all wounded but I think we will get well. I have not the ability to write much. I fired 30 rounds before I fell. The battle was one of the most severe, shell & shot flew thicker than hail. Our line was cut down like grain before the sickle.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Boonsboro, then, from 26 September, in Frederick, MD. He died of wounds in the Seminary Hospital, Frederick on 13 November 1862.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Hospital details from Steve Russell's Roster and the Patient List.2 The quote above from a 20 September letter he wrote to his Uncle Jack; from Jones.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

His younger brother Rufus and their cousins Laban and Daniel Williams were also members of Company D during the War. Rufus lived to age 83. Cousin Laban was killed at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 and Daniel died at age 33 in 1876.

Birth

06/02/1839; Lawrence County, IN

Death

11/13/1862 Frederick, MD; burial in Old Union Cemetery, Fayetteville, IN

Notes

1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 590  [AotW citation 18523]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: pg. 508  [AotW citation 18524]

3   Jones, Wilbur D., Jr., Giants in the Cornfield: the 27th Indiana Infantry, Shippenburg (Pa.): White Mane Publishers, 1997, pg. 10  [AotW citation 18820]