|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1901|
Born William Evans, his name was changed by an act of the Legislature because he was the great-grandson of General Anthony Wayne - Info provided by Find A Grave contributor Phillip Fazzini
Capt. William Wayne, a farmer from Paoli; mustered at age 33 on April 19, 1862, to date Oct. 29, 1861, for a period of 3 yrs. As Captain of Company K, 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
Company K, Wayne Guards.
The tenth company of the Regiment was organized by Capt. William Wayne, of Paoli, Chester Co., Pa., a descendant of the renowned Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne, the hero of Stony Point, one of the most daring and successful officers of the Revolutionary War.
Capt. Wayne, being almost the only remaining descendant of the family, succeeded to the title and possession of the family estate- and mansion that had been the residence of Gen. Wayne, situated near the memorable spot of the Paoli massacre. Possessed of ample competency and surrounded by the comforts of a most attractive home, with wife and young children just at an age to most require the presence of the husband and the father's care, Capt. Wayne, true to the impulses of his patriotic ancestry and to his own sense of duty, resigned all these in response to the call of his country for defenders in her hour of peril, trusting all to the care of Him who has promised to be a shelter unto the widow and the fatherless.
Authority to recruit a company for the Regiment was given by Col. Guss to Capt. Wayne, about September 1, 1861, when he immediately entered actively upon the work of ecruiting.
Capt. Wayne commanded his company through the operations of 1862; the expedition to Warsaw Sound, Ga.; Fort Clinch, Fernandina and Jacksonville, Fla.; Edisto, John and James Islands, S.C, and during part of the October campaign of that year. At Hilton Head, S.C, on September 10, 1862, he was detailed on recruiting service and returned home. His health having suffered materially from exposure and climatic influences, and being unable to return to duty, he tendered his resignation and received an honorable discharge from the service, by order of the Secretary of War, Special Order No. 24, dated January 19, 1863. As an officer, he possessed the confidence and respect of all and was much beloved by his company. His loss from the Regiment was very much regretted, both on account of his sterling merit and social worth.
From the "History of the Ninety-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteer infantry", By Isaiah Price
Hannah J Wayne (____ - 1899)*
Old Saint David Church Cemetery
Created by: Billy Walker
Record added: May 30, 2011
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