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William W. Darnell, Jr
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1834
Maquon
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1893
Knox County
Nebraska, USA

A son of William W. Darnell Sr. and Priscilla Jane Thurman. He married, first, Lettice Walter about 1852 in Illinois. They had six children. He served in Company A and E of the 14th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War.

Based on enlistment his service included battle of Shiloh, TN (April 6-7, 1862). The 8th, 12th & 14th Iowa comprised 4/5ths of the troops in "The Hornet's Nest" at Shiloh. They held their ground for 10 hours against attack after attack allowing the Union time to bring reinforcements to rear lines and snatch victory from defeat. Finally surrounded by 10 times their number and out of ammunition they had no choice but to throw down their arms and surrender only to see many of their number shot down with their arms in the air. The majority of all three regiments were captured. The remnants of the unit not captured were assigned to the Union Brigade and participated in the advance and siege of Corinth, MS, April 29–May 30. The 14th was reunited at Davenport, IA. Duty at Cairo, IL until Jan. 1864. Participated in the Red River Campaign March 10-May 22, 1864. This included Ft. DeRussey, Battle of Pleasant Hill, Cane River Crossing, Occupation of Alexandria, Mansura. March through Arkansas and Missouri in pursuit of Price Sept. 17–Oct. 25. Unit mustered out Nov. 16, 1864. New recruits and some veterans were consolidated to two companies and assigned duty at Springfield,IL til Aug. 1865.

William Jr. married, second, Nicey Catherine Strain on Dec. 29, 1874, in Des Moines, Iowa. They had a daughter. 
 
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 Parents:
  William W Darnell (1802 - 1862)
  Prissilla Jane Thurman Darnell (1807 - 1863)
 
 Spouse:
  Nicey Catherine Strain Darnell (1844 - 1927)
 
 Children:
  Calvin Darnell (1854 - 1930)*
  Emma Darnell Brown (1857 - 1950)*
  Rozella Darnell Spencer (1858 - 1931)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lewis Darnell (1826 - 1905)*
  Thomas M Darnell (1828 - 1904)*
  Joel Darnell (1830 - 1896)*
  James Darnell (1832 - 1897)*
  William W. Darnell (1834 - 1893)
  Eliza Jane Darnell Walter (1837 - 1900)*
  Sumner William Darnell (1839 - 1921)*
  Mary Ann Darnell Olson (1841 - 1915)*
  Allen Darnell (1843 - 1922)*
  George Darnell (1845 - 1912)*
  Martha Darnell (1847 - 1848)*
  Jane Darnell McKee (1850 - 1923)*
  Marion Darnell (1853 - 1921)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Age 58 ys, 2 mo, 9 ds, Co. E, 14th Iowa Inf, Civil War

 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Creighton
Knox County
Nebraska, USA
 
Created by: A.E. Collins
Record added: Jul 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28463106
William W. Darnell, Jr
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