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Sgt William J. Graham
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 30, 1863

Civil War Union Soldier. This resident of Uniontown, Pennsylvania enlisted into the service of his state on November 12, 1861. At the rank of 1st sergeant, the eighteen year old Graham was then mustered into active military service with Company E, 85th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry at Camp LaFayette, Uniontown, PA. After seeing action in Virginia with the Army of the Potomac, his regiment was eventually transferred to South Carolina after assignment to the Department of the South in January of 1863. On August 21, 1863, he was among his regiment to fall during the attempt to capture Battery Wagner on Morris Island near Charleston. It is likely, but uncertain his wounding occurred when his regiment were manning the trenches, or the "siege lines" that Federal engineers and sappers had constructed. These works were essential in getting the Federal soldiers close enough to Battery Wagner for a final attack. A senior officer of Graham's 85th PA, Lieutenant Colonel Henry A. Purviance, was killed on August 29, 1863 while commanding his men in a siege line. As for 1st Sergeant Graham, he was removed from the sandy battlefield and transferred to Beaufort, SC and to the care of surgeons. He lingered until August 30, 1863, the day he succumbed to his wounds. 
 
Burial:
Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort
Beaufort County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 37, Site 4236
 
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: May 23, 2010
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Sgt William J. Graham
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