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William Monroe
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Birth: 1843
Midlothian, Scotland
Death: May 8, 1863, USA


William Munro, born 1843 in Roslin, Scotland, accompanied his widowed mother and brothers and sisters to the United States about 1854. They may have stayed for a time in New York state, then to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in 1859 were living in Grand Rapids.

War was declared in April 1861, and in May following young Will enlisted in the 3rd Michigan Infantry. This Company was organized in Grand Rapids on April 20, 1861 at the Armory of the Valley City Guards. The 3rd Regiment encamped on the Fairgrounds just sourth of the city. This was a 40 acre plat on Division south of Hall Street known as "Cantonment Anderson". Here the recruits drilled on the race tracks, while the fair buildings were used for shelter. The Regiment was mustered into State service on May 21. By June 13th the regiment numberred 1040 men.

"On the 4th of July a delegaton of women came to the camp and presented a beauriful silk banner with the inscription 'Presented by the ladies of Grand Rapids to the Third Michigan Infantry'. The banner was designed by Miss Mattie Ferguson. It came back after two years riddled and bloodstained.

The "Old Third" was under the command of Col. Daniel O'Connell. The outfit left the state on June 13, 1861 for the Potomac. Another reference states, "The Old THird was attached to Richardson's Brigade, and only five days after leaving Grand Rapids saw action at Blackburn's Ford. Later it became part of Berry's Bridage of Kearney's Division. Col Byron R. Pierce had command at Cancellorsville. In all the annals of war, never was bestowed higher proaise upon any body of men, than upon the gallant "Old THird" of Michigan.

Will had enrolled in 1861 in Co. K for three years. He was reported missing at the Battle of White Oak Swamp on June 30, 1862.

Will died on the 9th of May 1863 on the hospital boat, "John Tucker" on the way to a Washington hospital. He is buried in the Soldiers and Sailors National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., grave 4304, Section b.

References on "Old Third" taken from Baxter's, "History of Grand Rapids".

Bio written by Ruth Edison Evans

Info provided by: Bonnie Monroe (#46927800) 
Family links: 
  Janet Munro (1809 - 1893)
  William Monroe (1843 - 1863)
  Jessie Monroe Evans (1845 - 1931)*
  James McLean Monroe (1852 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Site H 4304
Maintained by: Bonnie Monroe
Originally Created by: GulfportBob
Record added: Mar 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34468780
William Monroe
Added by: Bonnie Monroe
William Monroe
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William Monroe
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Dear Great Uncle William, Your name, story & face will not be forgotten.
- Roger ( great nephew) & Bonnie Monroe
 Added: May. 13, 2012

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