Pvt William H Campbell
William H Campbell name: Campbell, William H
Rank: Pvt 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. D, 17th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry
Cemetery: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 5/22/1861 - 7/30/1861
Birth: 5/22/1830 Boston, Massachusetts
Death: 1908
Notes: resided in Chelsa MA. Mustered out at Alexandira VA due to disability. 
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William H Campbell

William H Cambell . An agricultural life seems favorable to longevity, and poets have always celebrated the peace of mind it brings and the serene and noble age to which it leads. Rock township has a number of venerable farmers whose peaceful and useful lives carry out all that has ever been said about the beauty of a career that has kept close to the soil. Among them the gentleman who is the subject of this article may be prominently mentioned. In early life he was familiar with the workshops and streets of the city, but nearly thirty years ago he wisely decided to spend his last years on the farm, and it has been a hospitable haven to him. He owns a valuable and highly cultivated farm in Section 4, Rock township, Rock county, and is generally recognized as one of the leading citizens of that part of the county.

Mr. Campbell was born in Boston, Mass., May 22, 1830, and is a son of Jeremiah and Nancy (Hawes) Campbell, natives of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, respectively. They had six sons and three daughters, six of whom are now living: Lovina, widow of Charles Gibbs, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jeremiah R. of Jacksonville, Fla.; William H., our subject; Charles, of Boston; Sarah, wife of Eugene MILLIKIN, of Providence, R.I.; and George, of Chelsea, Mass. Jeremiah Campbell was a sea-faring man in early life, and later kept a restaurant in Quincy Market, Boston. His last business occupation was that of a wood and coal merchant. He died in Chelsea, Mass., in 1872, at the advanced age of eighty-two years, while his wife passed away in 1875, at the age of seventy-five. They were members of the Congregational Church, in which he was a deacon. His father, Jeremiah CAMPBELL, was of Scottish descent, though a native of Massachusetts, and reared a large family. He was a blacksmith, and lived to be over ninety years of age. The father of Nancy HAWES, who was a native of New Hampshire, died in middle life. He also reared a large family.

William H. Campbell was reared in Boston, and received a good education in the common schools. When he reached manhood he was a painter for a time, and in 1861 he enlisted in Company D, 17th Mass. V.I., and served three years, participating in some of the bloodiest scenes of the war, among them the first battle of Bull Run and the Atlanta campaign; he was also on the coast, with Butler, in the battle of Kingston, Goldsboro and others. After the war he came West to Chicago, and lived in that city about four years, working in the railroad shops of the Illinois Central and the Rock Island railroads. In 1872 he came to Rock county, Wis., and located in Rock township, buying forty acres in Section 9, where he lived until 1897. That year he removed to his present home in Section 4, and is now the owner of a farm of 280 acres, as desirable a tract of land as may be found anywhere in the Northwest.

On Jan. 31, 1866, Mr. Campbell was untied in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Murray, who was born Aug. 15, 1836. They have had two children: George, born Oct. 3, 1867; and William H., born Jan. 22, 1869. On June 22, 1897, George married Theresa McClune, who was born Feb. 15, 1866, and they have had two children - Etta May (deceased) and Alice Elizabeth (born May 27, 1900). William is unmarried, and with his brother is engaged in the cultivation of the home farm. Mr. Campbell belongs to W. H. Sargent Post, No. 20, G.A.R. He is a Republican in politics. All his life he has been an active and pushing business man, and since he came to the farm he has devoted much time to stock raising, directing his attention largely to Durham cattle.

Mrs. Campbell came to this country from her native land, Ireland, when quite a young girl, and found a home in Boston, where she lived a number of years, and where she married. She is a member of the Catholic Church. Her parents, Michael and Elizabeth (Murphey) Murray, had three children: Martin (deceased), Elizabeth (Mrs. Cambell), and John (of Ireland).

source:Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin (c)1901, pp. 824-825.

  17th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry1

Organized at Lynnfield July 22, 1861. Left State for Baltimore, Md., August 23. Attached to Dix's Command, Baltimore, Md., to March, 1862. Foster's 1st Brigade, Burnside's Expeditionary Corps, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of North Carolina, to December, 1862. Amory's Brigade, Dept. of North Carolina, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1863. Defences of New Berne, N. C., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to July, 1864. Sub-District of Beaufort, N. C., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to January, 1865. Sub-District of Beaufort, N. C., Dept. of North Carolina, to March, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Beaufort, N. C., Dept. of North Carolina, to March, 1865. 1st Brigade, Division District of Beaufort, to April, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Baltimore, Md., till March, 1862. Ordered to New Berne, N. C., March 12, and duty there till December. Reconnoissance toward Trenton May 15-16. Trenton Bridge May 15. Trenton and Pollocksville Road May 22 (Co. "I"). Expedition to Trenton and Pollocksville July 24-28. Demonstration on New Berne November 11. Foster's Expedition to Goldsboro December 11-20. Kinston December 14. Whitehall December 16. Goldsboro December 17. Provost duty at and near New Berne till April, 1863. March to relief of Washington, N. C., April 7-10. Blount's Creek April 9. Expedition to Washington April 17-19. Expedition toward Kinston April 27-May 1. Wise's Cross Roads and Dover Road April 28. Expedition to Thenton July 4-8. Quaker Bridge July 6. Raid on Weldon July 25-August 1. Duty at New Berne till February, 1864. Operations about New Berne against Whiting January 18-February 10, 1864. Skirmishes at Beech Creek and Batchelor's Creek February 1-3. Expedition to Washington April 18-22. Washington April 27-28. Duty at New Berne and vicinity till July 27, and at Newport Barracks till September 23. Veterans on furlough till November 10. Duty at Newport Barracks November 20, 1864, to March 4, 1865. Moved to Core Creek. Battle of Wise's Fork March 8-10, 1865. Occupation of Kinston March 15. Occupation of Goldsboro March 21. Advance on Raleigh April 9-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Duty at Greensboro May 5-July 11. Mustered out at Greensboro, N. C., July 11, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 21 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 147 Enlisted men by disease. Total 172.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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