Saturday, December 13, 2008

Civil War Veterans of Elgin County - William Whitesell

It may surprise some researchers how many Ontario residents went south to fight in the American Civil War. Bob Moore and Bruce Johnson have identified over 50 Civil War Veterans who were at one time residents of Elgin County. Check out their research online at:

One Veteran, William Whitesell, born at Malahide Township, Elgin County enlisted as a private on the 26th of September 1861 at St. Charles, Illinois in the 52nd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers Company “G” to serve 3 years. He was mustered in at Geneva, Kane County Illinois in October 1861 by Capt. F H Bowman of 52nd Illinois Regiment Company”G”,. He began service 19 November 1861 at Geneva, Illinois. Whitesell was described as a native of Elgin County, Canada West, age 26 years old, 5 feet, 8 ½ inches tall, darkish complexion, brown eyes, black hair and by occupation a farmer,

He died of typhoid fever at Camp Montgomery near Corinth, Mississippi. On the muster Roll of Company “G” for the months of July and August 1862, it is reported "Died in Hospital at Camp Montgomery, near Corinth, Miss. July 7, 1862." He was buried at the Corinth Mississippi National cemetery

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

excellent job to have completed this list