History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 408 - 419
SERGEANT WILLIAM LEONARD, aged twenty-three, born at Staunton, Augusta county, Virginia, removed to Illinois, was single and a farmer when he enlisted from Petersburg. He was promoted sergeant, served to the close of the war and was mustered out with the regiment. He died some time after his return to Petersburg, Ill.
Company E was the Menard county company and was enrolled by Pleasant S. Scott, of Petersburg, under date of July 17, 1862. In this county were many people who had emigrated from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. These people were hardy, patriotic and brave, and most of them were strongly opposed to slavery. And these pioneers and their sons were prompt to respond to the call of the President for additional troops.
At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Pleasant S. Scott, captain; Joseph M. Plunkett, first lieutenant, and AbrahamClary, second lieutenant. At the organization of the regiment this company became the color company.
The record shows that the company had 3 killed in battle, 5 died of wounds, 2 were accidentally killed, 12 died of disease, 18 were discharged for disability, 13 were wounded who lived to be discharged from the service. Of the 81 officers and men who formed the original company but 21 went home together at the close of the war. Not so strong in numbers as some of the others, nevertheless this company made a record of which all its members should be proud.
ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Name LEONARD, WILLIAM
Unit 85 IL US INF
Residence PETERSBURG, MENARD CO, IL
Height 5' 8
Marital Status SINGLE
Nativity STAUNTON, AUGUSTA CO, VA
Joined When JUL 17, 1862
Joined Where PETERSBURG, IL
Joined By Whom CPT SCOTT
Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster Out JUN 5, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC
Remarks MUSTERED OUT AS SERGEANT
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