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William L. Abbey
Private William L. Abbey, Co. A, 124th Illinois Infantry.
Died 03 Aug 1924, 84.8 years of age.

An alternative surnames Abby is reported in the Historical Data Systems database,

William L. Abbey enlisted on 09 Aug 1862 as a Private at 22 years of age. His residence was listed as Wethersfield, Henry County, Illinois.

He was mustered into Company A, 124th Illinois Infantry, on 10 Sept 1862. He served more than 34 months in Illinois 124th Infantry; Sept 1862 to Aug 1865.

While William L. Abbey was in service, the 124th Illinois Infantry regiment 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, Mississippi, 01 May 1863
  • Jackson, Mississippi, 14 May 1863
  • Champion Hill, Mississippi, 16 May 1863
  • siege, assaults, and surrender of Vickburg, Mississippi, 18 May - 04 July 1863
  • siege, assaults, and surrender of Spanish Fort, Alabama, 27 Mar - 08 Apr 1865
  • siege, assaults, and surrender of Fort Blakey, Alabama, 02 - 09 April 1865

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

    During the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Regiment was engage in assaults on 19 May, 22 June, and 25 June 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 26 Jun 1863; lost 49 men were killed and wounded.

    Other information regarding William L. Abbey gleaned from the Boulder Genealogical Society Columbia Cemetery Burial Index, includes:
  • born 03 Oct 1839 in Bethel, Illinois
  • married Cynthia Annettie Junk; widowed 25 Oct 1919
  • 3 known children
  • occupation reported as farmer
  • member Grand Army of the Republic, Nathaniel Lyon Post#5
  • died 03 Aug 1924 at home 2 miles east of Boulder, Colorado

  • Boulder Genealogical Society's Columbia Cemetery Burial Index
  • 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

  • Columbia Cemetery Civil War Headstone Conservation
    New American Civil War Headstones
    William L. Abbey

    New US Department of Veterans' Affairs 'American Civil War' marker installed on 17 Aug 2002.

    Set on 10 x 13 x 2.5 inch dimensioned stone footing, leveled, and plumbed.
    [ Dimension sandstone provided by Tribble Stone, Boulder, CO 80302. ]

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