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William Wirt Bailey
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Birth: Jul. 9, 1844, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1910, USA

This is foot marker #3 in the plot photograph. Civil War Veteran in the 124th Regiment of the New York Volunteers, nicknamed the "Orange Blossoms" after Orange County. He rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was severely wounded, but survived the War. His letters written while in the service were published as Civil War: Letters Home by The Office of the Orange County Historian [NY], 1987.

The letters give an account of his experiences. He spent a lot of time hospitalized due to diarrheal and respiratory illnesses, a common problem among the men.

During the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was shot through the mouth when a ball entered just below his left ear, passed through his oral cavity, and exited his right cheek bone. He wrote his father that no teeth were lost nor was his tongue damaged and that there was not much pain. However, there must have been permanent disfigurement on the right side of his face. He spent about 11 days as a Confederate prisoner following the battle. He was discharged from the Army due this injury.

Most of his letters were signed "Wirt".

He married Julia W. Pierson on 7 November 1867, officiated by Rev. Nathaniel E. Pierson, Ridgebury Presbyterian Church, witnessed by John W. Slauson and Mrs. Jesse Webb.

Extant markers in this grouping:

1. Mary P Bailey
2. Julia W Pierson (Bailey)
4. Mary Unknown
5. Clifford Unknown
6. Mother Unknown
7. Father Unknown


Records of the Ridgebury Presbyterian Church with Inscriptions of Nearby Cemeteries and Other Genealogical Notes,
William J. Coulter, compiler; appened by Mary Flynn,
The Orange County Genealogical Society,
Goshen, NY; 1993; Page 29.

Civil War: Letters Home,
William Wirt Bailey, writer,
Edna Raymond, transcriber [typescript],
The Office of the Orange County Historian [NY], 1986.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Benjamin Franklin Bailey (1814 - 1886)
 
 Spouse:
  Julia W Pierson Bailey (1847 - 1907)
 
 Siblings:
  William Wirt Bailey (1844 - 1910)
  Edwin Augustus Bailey (1849 - 1911)*
  Lewis Stewart Bailey (1866 - 1887)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

Wm. Wirth Bailey
Co. K. 124th Regt. N.Y.V.
July 9, 1844-Mar. 2, 1910


 
Burial:
Ridgeberry Cemetery
Ridgebury
Orange County
New York, USA
 
Created by: seekerJay
Record added: Jul 02, 2010
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William Wirt Bailey
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William Wirt Bailey
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