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Corp William Morgan Bane
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Birth: 1842
Marshall County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1864
Cobb County
Georgia, USA

Private WILLIAM M. BANE (BAIN), Co. A, 86th Illinois

William M. Bane (Bain) was born about 1842/41 in Moundsville, Marshall County, Virginia, the son of ____________ Bane and ____________ (____________) Bane. The Bane family came to Illinois in 18__ and settled in Olio Township, Woodford County, Illinois.
On August 3, 1862 William M. Bane was one of the first to volunteer for service in a company which was being raised in the Eureka/El Paso area of Woodford County by William S. Magarity, who was the first man elected Sheriff of Woodford County in the early 1840's.

Rank CPL Company A Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence OLIO, WOODFORD CO, IL Age 20 Height 5' 11 Hair SANDY
Eyes GRAY Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 3, 1862 Joined Where OLIO, IL
Joined By Whom CPT MAGARITY Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out N/A
Muster Out Where N/A Muster Out By Whom N/A

When Magarity had about 100 volunteers, he took his company across the Illinois River to Peoria, Illinois where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, 96 members of Magarity's company were mustered into service as Co. A of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Magarity was elected Captain, Bane one of the eight Corporals.
For the next two years, William M. Bane served faithfully in Co. A of the 86th. However, something occured which necessitated Banes being demoted to Private. During this time, Bane was a witness to and a participant in some of the bloodiest fighting of the Western Theatre. He had most likely participated in the Battles of Perryville, Kentucky; Chickamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia and Rome, Georgia, to name a few, and numerous skirmishes. Near the end of June of 1864, the Union Army under the command of William Tecumseh Sherman was nearing the important railroad hub of Atlanta, Georgia.
As the men of Co. A lay in the trenches on the morning of June 27, 1864 across from Cheatham Hill on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, little did they that when the sun set on that day, Co. A would look drastically different. As the men made preparations for the assault on the Confederate fortifications on Cheatham Hill that morning, Co. A fielded 39 officers and men fit for duty. Thirty minutes after the assault began the men of McCook's Brigade fell back unable to breach the Confederate fortifications. During those 30 minutes, McCook's Brigade suffered over 30% casualties, over 500 men. The 86th Illinois suffered just over 100 casualties, but it was Co. A, the Eureka/El Paso, Illinois company which suffered the most. Co. A lost 11 men killed, 9 men wounded and 6 men were captured, some of whom were also severely wounded. Co. A had suffered 66% casualties. Three of those wounded or captured would die before the war was over. Among the killed was Pvt. William M. Bane.
When the Union forces fell back, they were forced to leave almost all of their dead between the lines. For two days the bodies of the dead lay in the sun and the heat. The stench from the bodies became so bad that a truce was finally called so that the Federal dead could be buried. Pvt. William M. Bane's body was among those buried initially right there on the battlefield. Several years later, Pvt. Bane's body and the rest of the Kennesaw dead were exhumed and reburied at Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia. Today his earthly remains lie buried in Grave #9219 in Section I of the cemetery.

by Baxter B. Fite III

Marietta National Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: I, 9219
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3946432
Corp William Morgan Bane
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Corp William Morgan Bane
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- Nancy Hills Lamps
 Added: May. 26, 2011
I believe this is the son of Nimrod and Leona (Bowers) Bane.
- Ronald McAvoy
 Added: Sep. 5, 2010
BAIN, WILLIAM M Rank CPL Company A 86th IL US INF Residence OLIO, WOODFORD CO, IL Age 20 Height 5'11 Hair SANDY Eyes GRAY Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER Nativity MOUNDSVILLE, MARSHALL CO, VA... Service Record Joined AUG 3, 1862...(Read more)
- Janet
 Added: Dec. 16, 2008
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