|Death: ||Aug. 14, 1864|
85th ILL Inf Co A
Son of Wm and Catherine Musselman Bortzfield
Married Elizabeth C Sholl 1862 in Tazewell County Illinois. She received a widows pension.
Williams brother Jacob also served with Co A, 85th Illinois Infantry.
The Battle of Peachtree Creek was fought in Georgia on July 20, 1864, as part of the Atlanta Campaign in the American Civil War. It was the first major attack by Lt. Gen. John B. Hood since taking command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The attack was against Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Union army which was perched on the doorstep of Atlanta.
Estimated Casualties: 6,506 total (US 1,710; CS 4,796)
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
WILLIAM BORTZFIELD was born in Wayne county, Indiana, in 1838, and was a married farmer, when he enlisted from Tazewell county. He served with his company until severely wounded at the battle of Peach Tree creek, July 19, 1864. His left leg was amputated, and he was shot in the left shoulder. He died in the hospital at Chattanooga, Tenn., August, 14, 1864, and was buried in grave No. 2045 in the national cemetery on Orchard Knob.
Company A was enrolled by Matthew Langston under dates running from July 18 to August 15, 1862. A majority of the men enlisted from Mason county, although Morgan, Peoria and Tazewell counties were represented in it ranks. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Matthew Langston, captain; Thomas R. Roberts, first lieutenant, and Dr. John W. Neal, second lieutenant.
Of the 93 officers and men composing the company 18 were hit with shot or shell, 10 of whom were killed or died of wounds. Four officers resigned, 19 men died of disease, 25 were discharged, 2 were transferred, and 1 officer and 31 enlisted men were mustered out with the regiment.
It is due to the company to say that it maintained a high standard of discipline throughout, and bore its full share in making the history of the regiment illustrious.
William Bortzfield (1806 - 1891)
William Bortzfield (1837 - 1864)
Jacob Bortzfield (1843 - 1907)*
Mary Bortzfield Beimfohr Schanz (1851 - 1924)*
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Plot: F 2045
Created by: Debra
Record added: Dec 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62569126
Listed as: BOTZFIELD, WILLIAM CIVIL WAR DATE OF DEATH: 08/14/1864 BURIED AT: SECTION F SITE 2045 -VA gravesite locator|
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