|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1863|
The Hacker family moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1850. In 1857, William E. Hacker entered the Highland Military School there. The following year he was appointed second lieutenant in the school, and in 1859 he was appointed its captain, remaining as such until he graduated in 1861. The Civil War having begun, he went to Maryland, in September 1861, to serve as a volunteer aide for Brigadier General James Cooper (1810-1863), who was recruiting a Maryland brigade (Federal). In May 1862, Hacker was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Third Maryland Infantry, and would eventually be promoted to captain. With that regiment he served at Bolivar Heights, the Shenandoah Valley, and Slaughter Mountain. Then, on September 17, 1862, he was shot through his chest at the battle of Antietam. His father transported him to Worcester, Massachusetts, and he recuperated there for two months. He then returned to the front, but had not completely recovered and was ordered to Philadelphia. In January 1863 he returned to his regiment in Virginia, but was stricken with typhoid fever and died on March 28, 1863. "His body was taken to Philadelphia, and laid in Laurel-hill Cemetery. He was eighteen years and seven months old when he died, and probably one of the youngest captains who died during the war."
Source: MASSACHUSETTS IN THE REBELLION by P.C. Headley (Boston: Walker, Fuller & Co., 1866), p. 640.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section M, Lot 6
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Feb 26, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24907781