Hamilton, William Harrison
Age: 28, credited to Fair Haven, VTVITALS
Birth: 10/19/1837, Montgomery, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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WILLIAM H. HAMILTON.
Lieutenant Hamilton was born at Montgomery, Vt., in 1839. In 1844 his father removed with his family to East New York, where he was principal of one of the public schools. Lieutenant Hamilton received his early education at his father's school and was subsequently a member of the State Normal School at Albany, N. Y. He was teaching a public school in Green County, Long Island, when the war broke out. In May, 1861, he resigned his position, and enlisted in the First Regiment New York Volunteers. He was promoted to a First Lieutenantcy, but resigned in May, 1862, and returned to New York City, where he was for a time engaged in recruiting for General Sickles Brigade.
In the summer of 1862, while visiting friends in Fair Haven, Vt., he again enlisted as private in the Fourteenth Regiment, preferring a private's service in this Regiment to a commission in a Battery which he had helped to raise for Sickles Brigade. He was appointed Orderly Sergeant of Company F, and in January, 1863, was commissioned as Second Lieutenant of Company I. He was a man of high patriotism, and estimable character, a good officer and faithful soldier. He fell in the discharge of his duty, July 3rd, and died the same day. His remains lie in the Vermont Section of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.
G. G. Benedict, A Short History of the 14th Vermont Reg't, (Press of C. A. Pierce, Bennington, 1887), p. 14.