|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1839|
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 450 - 469
FIRST SERGEANT WILLIAM H. McLAREN was born near Astoria, Fulton county, Illinois, December 16, 1839, and was a farmer when he enlisted from his native town. He served as a private through the Kentucky campaign, and was promoted first sergeant at Nashville, Tenn., in the summer of 1863, served with is company to the close of the war, participated in all the campaigns in which the command had a part and was mustered out with regiment. On returning to Illinois he resumed farming; has served as school trustee, tax collector and member of the county board for Astoria township. He now resides in Canton, Fulton county, Illinois.
Recruiting for Company H was commenced on July 31st, and by the 6th of August, 1862, the first of two companies enlisted at Astoria had been enrolled. As with Company G, this company stands on the record as having been enrolled by the FHon. S. P. Cummings. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Nathaniel McClelland, captain, Luke Elliot, first lieutenant, and William Cohren, second lieutenant.
During the three years' service 29 of this company were hit with shot or shell, 4 of whom were killed action , 1 died of wounds, 24 received wounds from which they recovered or were discharged, 6 officers resigned, 11 men died of disease, 24 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and 45 were present at the final muster out.
Of Company H it may be fairly said that it performed its full measure of duty, bore its full share of hardships and suffered it full proportion of loss. The record of the regiment was made brighter by its harmonious action in camp and field, by its steady, soldierly bearing in battle, and its prompt and intelligent response to every call for duty.
Helen Wilson McLaren (1845 - 1919)
Hattie M McLaren Wright (1877 - 1936)*
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