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Sgt William Hill
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Birth: 1829
Schuylkill Haven
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 6, 1864
Wilderness Corner
Spotsylvania County
Virginia, USA

1SG William Hill Company C, 50th PA Volunteer Infantry.

Killed in Action at Wilderness 6 May 1864

One of ninety four men, sixty of which were from Schuylkill Haven, who enlisted on 14 August 1861 for three years or the duration of the war and were mustered into federal service as as Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA on 9 September 1861. William enlisted as a Corporal and was later promoted to Sergeant then First Sergeant of Company C.

In civilian life William, 31, worked as a boatman on the Schuylkill Canal. He stood 5'5 had a dark complexion, black hair and blue eyes.

He reenlisted with the regiment on January 1st 1864 at Blaine's Crossroads, Tennessee. On 6 February Hill and the company received a thirty day furlough. Presumably, although unverified, Hill came home the Schuylkill Haven, for what would be the last time, with the other members of the company.

Charles Brown,then a Sergeant, wrote in a letter home "After our short furlough we moved into Virginia, We marched down into Virginia when we arrived at the Wilderness, and on the 6th of May the battle began. We were standing in the woods awating the orders to charge on the rebels, when 1st Sergeant William Hill gave the command, 'Company Attention!'As he gave the command this black snake stood right up in front of him. Myself and Henry Hill struck it with our guns and knocked it down, but the snake came up again, then we killed it." Brown continues in another letter. "Now we are charging the rebels, we are losing large numbers of our company, they are being killed and wounded, Sergeant Hill was one of the first to get wounded, that was about ten minutes after the snake stood up in front of him. In thirty minutes he was dead. After the battle I hunted up his diary and in it found he had written what we should do with him and for his family if he were killed in battle."

Just prior to his being killed in William had been promoted to Second Lieutenant.

First Sergeant Hill was originally interred at Wilderness Battlefield

After Hill's death his wife Mary received a federal pension in the amount of $8 per month forthe remainder of her life.

Sometime between 1865 and 1870 his remains and those of Michael Reilly were moved with approximately 20,000 other troops and he was interred on Marye's Heights in Fredericksburg where the government had established Fredericksburg National Cemetery.

References: Family History
Bates Vol:1 Pages 1291-1293
Richards: A History of C Comapny 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment. 177-178.
Civil War Veterans Card File, Pennsylvania State Archives: 1-1290 
 
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 Parents:
  John Hill (1787 - 1858)
  Susan Hill (1808 - 1885)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Hill (1832 - 1923)
 
Burial:
Fredericksburg National Cemetery
Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Grave 3360
 
Maintained by: Chris Reed
Originally Created by: D K Railsback B
Record added: May 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14230895
Sgt William Hill
Added by: Chris Reed
 
Sgt William Hill
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Sgt William Hill
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Grandpa Hill it took us a long time to find you, but we finally did. Thank you for serving our great nation and for paying the ultimate price for freedom. We'll try to honor your memory and the sacrifice you made.Affectionatley your Great,Great,Great Gr...(Read more)
- Chris Reed
 Added: Jul. 28, 2011
Grandpa Hill it took us a long time to find you, but we finally did. Thank you for serving our great nation and for paying the ultimate price for freedom. We'll try to honor your memory and the sacrifice you made.Affectionatley your Great,Great,Great Gr...(Read more)
- Chris Reed
 Added: Jul. 28, 2011

- D K Railsback B
 Added: May. 9, 2006
 
 
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