|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1883|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Civil War veteran. Enlisted as a 2nd Lt., on 29 Oct 1861 in Company I, 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Resigned 16 Apr 1862. Received commission to 1st Lt. on 7 Jun 1862 in Company K, 41st OVI. Promoted to Captain of Company C, 41st OVI on 13 Apr 1864, then breveted to Major on 13 Mar 1865. Commissioned in Field & Staff, 128th U.S. Colored Troops on 28 Apr 1865. Mustered out on 18 Apr 1867.
Son of William Melvin and Mary Jane (Hillis) Beebe. Brother of Edwin H, David Duncan (Senator D.D.), Mary Ann, and John Hillis Beebe.
The Majors military record was excellent and brilliant. He entered as a Lieutenant in the 41st Ohio, General Hazens's regiment. After the war he was made a Captain in the regular army and resigned under the reorganization act of 1820. He entered the general service and was selected by General Hazen to command the first expedition to the Artic regions - the Greeley Expedition to the Polar Regions. Later he became private secretary to General Hazen. (additional information by JFDahl).
New York Times Aug 7, 1883
William M. Beebe, a clerk in the Signal Service, and who had charge of the first Greeley relief expedition, committed suicide last night by taking laudanum.
And from the Aug 8, 1883 Eau Claire Daily Press (WI)
...Beebe was 41, unmarried and his health was impaired by the hardships he was exposed to on the Greely expedition.
Created by: Jan Rader
Record added: Oct 07, 2007
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