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Federal (USA)


William Marsh Searing

(1821 - 1895)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 30th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He began to study law in 1839, at age 18. In 1861 he recruited three companies which became part of the 30th New York State Volunteers. The regiment was organized by Colonel Edward Frisbie, and Searing was commissioned Major. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 11 March 1862. Col. Frisbie was killed 30 August 1862 at 2nd Bull Run, and Searing was appointed Colonel in his place.1

On the Campaign

In command of the 30th New York Infantry, part of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division, I Corps. The Brigade advanced through the Cornfield early on the 17th in close support of BGen Gibbon's 4th 'Black Hat' Brigade.

After the War

He mustered out with his Regiment in June 1863 and returned to Saratoga Springs and his law practice. He was also the Pension Agent.2

References & notes

His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Caroline Melissa Huling (1822-1915) in 1846 and they had 2 children.


12/1/1821; Saratoga Springs, NY


03/02/1895; Sartoga Springs, NY; burial in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, NY


1   Durkee, Cornelius E., Reminiscences of Saratoga, The Saratogian, 1927-01-01  [AotW citation 249]

2   Biographical Review, The Leading Citizens of Delaware County, NY, Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1895  [AotW citation 250]