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Federal (USV)


William A. Till

(c. 1842 - 1897)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19, he enlisted on 18 May 1861 and mustered as a Private in Company A, 23rd Ohio Infantry on 11 June.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in the right arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

After being wounded I was banged around for a week or two, until I arrived at Newark, N.J. I was there almost one month before my arm was amputated. I had the best of care while there from the nurses and Surgeons but the Ladies I shall never forget. I give them a great share of the praise for my being alive this day. It was there I received my discharge [on 2 December 1862].

After the War

By 1870 he was an accountant in Sandusky, Erie County, OH and from 1880 to 1887 was County Recorder there. He was also founding member and Commander of the McMeens Post, Grand Army of the Republic in 1880.

References & notes

His service basics from the State of Ohio.1 The quote above from a letter of 28 August 1865 he wrote entering a left-hand penmanship contest, now at the Library of Congress. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1870 & 1880, and L.C. Aldrich's History of Erie County Ohio (1889).

He married Margaret Adelia "Ada" Newland (1844-1929) in July 1865 and they had a daughter Elsie.


c. 1842; London, Ontario, CANADA


04/29/1897; 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. 3, p. 78  [AotW citation 8134]