|Birth: ||1834, Canada|
|Death: ||Dec., 1863|
Enlisted as a 27 yr. old resident of Cedar Co., Ia., on June 24, 1861 in Co. A, 5th Iowa Infantry. Selected with Sgt. Shawl of Co. A to serve as artillerymen while in camp at Boonville, Mo. (Per a letter in the "Tipton Advertiser" newspaper by "Coon Creek"). The Feb.6,1862 entry of James A. Woodson's diary (a diarist from Co. H) reports, "Quite a ridiculous thing occurred with one of Co. A's men today. He had been drinking for several days and came to the regiment this morning as muddy as he could be and drunk. The Colonel sent him back to town (Boonville, Mo.) to have his daguerreotype taken". Daniel R. Smith, a diarist of Co. A, identifies this man as William Christy. Smith writes again on Dec.29, 1862, "Christy went down to Memphis and I expect he will come up among the missing". Reported deserted Dec.29, 1862.(The records of the Iowa Adj. Gen. Office record him as deserted Jan.1,1863). It was reported in the company that Christy was murdered while in Memphis. His body was never recovered. The 1887 and 1897 Veteran Rosters list him as "murdered at Memphis, Tenn.".
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Murdered at Memphis, Tn.
Created by: John Franklin Horrighs
Record added: Jun 24, 2013
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