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William L. Abbey
Pvt. William L. Abbey; Co. A, 124th Illinois Infantry; died 03Aug1924, 84.8 years of age
New US Department of Veterans' Affairs 'American Civil War' marker.
Set on 10 x 13 x 2.5 inch dimensioned stone footing, leveled, and plumbed.
[ Dimension sandstone provided by Tribble Stone, Boulder, CO 80302. ]

Alternative surnames 'Abby' :Historical Data Systems, Inc., Duxbury, MA 02331


William L. Abbey enlisted on 09Aug1862 as a Private at 22 years of age. He was mustered into Company A, 124th Illinois Infantry, on 10Sept1862. He served more than 34 months in Illinois 124th Infantry; Sept1862 to Aug1865.

While William L. Abbey was in service, the ILL 124 INF was engaged in the following battles which had a direct impact on the course of the war and / or a decisive influence on a campaign:
  • Thompson's Hill, Port Gibson, Miss., 01May1863
  • Jackson, Miss., 14May1863
  • Champion Hill, Miss., 16May1863
  • siege, assaults, and surrender of Vickburg, Miss., 18May-04July1863
  • siege, assaults, and surrender of Spanish Fort, Ala., 27Mar-08Apr1865
  • siege, assaults, and surrender of Fort Blakey, Ala., 02-09April1865

    Abbey was mustered out at Vicksburg, Miss., 28July1865, and discharged at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, on 15 Aug 1865.

    During the siege of Vicksburg, Miss., the Regiment was engage in assaults on 19May, 22June, and 25June including the assault call the "slaughter pen". The Regiment was ordered into the crater formed by the mine explosion, two companies at a time for half an hour, all day of 26Jun1863; lost 49 men were killed and wounded.

    Coincidentally, William L. Abbey and my great-grandfather, SGT. James R. Box, Company D, 14th Regiment, Texas Calvary, were opposing combatants in
  • [Union] Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant's Operations against Vicksburg, Miss.,
  • [Union] Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby’s Mobile Campaign, Al.,
    Sergeant James R. Box was captured in the battle of Spanish Fort.

    Sources
  • Colorado Veterans' Grave Registrations, 1862-1949, card obtained from Colorado State Archives.
  • Historical Data Systems, Inc., Duxbury, MA 02331
  • NPS CWSSS Battle Summaries
  • NPS CWSSS Regimental Histories

    Additionally information regarding William L. Abbey can be found in his Boulder Genealogical Society biography hosted on the City of Boulder [Colorado, USofA], Parks & Recreation, Columbia Cemetery website.

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