Thursday, December 04, 2008

William H. Griffith

William H. Griffith was born in 1840.

William was 21 years old and probably living in Ionia County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company D on May 13, 1861. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.) He was absent sick in the hospital in August of 1862, and allegedly deserted on September 21, 1862, at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, but was probably still hospitalized. William apparently returned to the Regiment and was wounded slightly in the head on May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia. He was subsequently hospitalized and by mid May was reported to be in Lincoln hospital in Washington, DC. William remained hospitalized until he was transferred to the Veterans’ Reserve Corps on July 1 or 6, 1863.

There is no further record.

Apparently he did survive the war, however, and was living in Lee, Allegan County, Michigan, in 1890 and probably in Monterey, Allegan County in 1894.

In 1892 he applied for a pension (no. 1106111), but the certificate was never granted.

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