|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1845|
He was born in Norristown, Pa., March 19, 1845, and is a son of William S. and Margaret Cummings Hansell. He obtained his education in the schools of his native town and when but a youth, at the outbreak of the Civil War, imbued with boyish patriotism, he enlisted September 16, 1861, in Company F of the Fifty-first Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, raised in Montgomery County, and commanded by that distinguished soldier Major-General John F. Hartranft, afterwards Governor of Pennsylvania. In this organization our subject was a drummer-boy. The Fifty-first Regiment was assigned to the Ninth Corps, commanded by General Burnside, and accompanied the expedition to North Carolina and there participated in the battles of Roanoke Island, Newbern and Camden. This regiment was the first to place the colors on the Confederate breast-works defending the approaches of Newbern, and it was then given the right of the line in the advance upon that city, which immediately surrendered, being at the same time attacked by the fleet in the harbor. Young Hansell shared the fortunes of the regiment throughput the war, being mustered out on the 2d of August, 1865. He marched with the gallant and sadly shattered Fifty-first 1738 miles, traveled by sea and water courses 5390 miles and by railway 3311, making the huge total of 10,439 miles of travel, most of which was under the most unfavorable conditions, accompanied by fatigue, hardships, harassments and dangers, such as the soldier only knows. He was present with the regiment in twenty-one battles, as follows: Roanoke Island, February 7, ‘62; Newbern, March 14, ‘62; Camden, N.C., April 19, ‘62; Bull Run, August 29, ‘62; Chantiliy, Va., September 1, ‘62; South Mountain, September 14, ‘62; Antietam, September 17, ‘62; Fredericksburg, December 12, '62; Vicksburg, July 4, ‘63; Jackson, July 13, ‘63; Campbell Station, November 16, ‘63; Knoxwell, December 28, ‘63; Wilderness, May 6, ‘64; Spottsylvania, May 12, ‘64; North Anna, May 25, ‘64; Cold Harbor, June 3, ‘64; Petersburg, June 17 and 1$, ‘64; Petersburg, July 30, ‘64; Yellow Tavern, August 19, ‘64; Ream's Station, August 21, ‘64; Petersburg, April 1, 1865. At the close of the war Mr. Hansell remained in Washington and engaged in business in that city for one and a half years and then came to Camden, where he has since resided. He was under the employ of John S. Read, in his paper store on Federal Street, for a few years, and in 1868 was appointed messenger to the First National Bank of Camden and held that position with the full confidence of the directors of the institution until 1876, when he retired in order to engage in business for himself. During the year named he opened a paper store at 203 Market Street, Camden, where, by his own business ability and energy, he has built up and continued to enjoy a prosperous trade, having filled large contracts for papering houses in Camden and elsewhere. In 1867 Mr. Hansell was married to Miss Lizzie Hemsing, daughter of Wm. Hemsing, of Camden. They had one child, Carrie. At the annual reunion of the survivors present of the Fifty-first Regiment held in Petersburg, Va., in 1885, Mr. Hansell was chosen vice-president. This meeting was held in the crater which was formed at the time of the famous "mine explosion," July 30, 1864. The reunion at that place was brought about at the suggestion of Mr. Hansell. He is a member of the Union Veteran Legion, of which only soldiers who have served two years can become members.
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Gregory Speciale
Record added: Mar 29, 2006
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