|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1912|
William H. Hawk
William was born April 23,1844. He was the son of Daniel Hawk and Nancy Bender Hawk.
Nancy's parents were John and Elizabeth Gipple Bender. John inherited the land where Elizabethville is now located from his father Adam, . He laid out the town and named it after his wife Elizabeth.
William's mother, Nancy Bender, was murdered during the summer of 1859 at the approximate age of 49. She was walking just outside of Elizabethville with the intent of traveling to visit relatives. She was assaulted and hanged from a tree. The location of her grave is unknown.
Two years later at age 17, William volunteered for duty in the Union Army. He traveled to Camp Curtin in Harrisburg and received training. He was assigned to Company D of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry. He then traveled to Annapolis Md.
For some unknown reason, on June 3 1862 he was hospitalized in Warrenton Va. At the general hospital . He was moved there from Waterloo Va. He was then transferred to the general hospital in Washington DC. No cause was given but he remained there from August of 1862 until December 31,1862 He returned to duty Feb 26, 1863.
Records of the 11th show that there was a great deal of illness in the ranks during the period when William was hospitalized.
On the first day of fighting at Gettysburg his unit was assigned to McPherson Ridge. They were outnumbered but did manage to delay the advance of the Confederates. William was wounded and his unit retreated back through the town. His wound was described as a minor wound to the abdomen.
After recovering from his wounds, he rejoined his unit in time for the campaign to advance on Richmond. On May 5, 1864 at the battle of the Wilderness in Va. he was wounded again. This time, more seriously. He was treated locally and then moved to a Hospital in Washington DC and later to another Hospital in Philadelphia.
It appears that in February 1864 his younger brother Henry decided to follow him and enlisted joining his brother's unit. He was captured and sent to the Salisbury NC prison camp where he died, along with over 11,000 other Northern solders. He died February 14 only 14 days before invading Union Solders overran the prison.
William had not seen the last of tragedy because in 1903 his sons John and his namesake William W were working together in the mine when the ceiling collapsed on them. John was injured but survived while William Walter. was killed outright. William Walter. is buried next to his father and mother.
Daniel Hawk (1812 - 1894)
Sarah T. Kocher Hawk (1842 - 1912)*
Catharine A Hawk Koppenhaver (1868 - 1938)*
Cornelius Hawk (1868 - 1940)*
William Walter Hawk (1882 - 1903)*
Calvary United Methodist Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 40.57147, -76.684
Created by: Herb Beadle
Record added: Mar 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86050844