William Lambert Whitney, Jr. is the son of William Lambert Whitney and Rebecca Richardson Brackett.
He was nearly fitted for college when in Aug., 1862, he left school and enlisted for nine months in Co. E, 44th Mass. Infantry; served the term out in North Carolina, returning home in June, 1863. His parents refusing to allow him to re-enlist, he engaged with a wholesale dry goods house in Boston until they gave their consent to his accepting a commission as 2d lieutenant in the 34th Mass. Infantry, a colored regiment, commanded by Col. Robert G. SHAW. Commission was dated Dec 3, 1864. He went to South Carolina, joined the regiment and served with them until the regi- [Page 622] ment was discharged, Aug. 20, 1865, at Charleston; was acting adjutant for several months and afterwards promoted to 1st lieutenant. He went into the hardware business in Boston in 1865, soon after coming home; at the end of two years sold out, and in February, 1868, went into the china and glassware business in Council Bluffs, Ia., where he remained till August, 1881, when he sold out and went to Newton, where he is now living; res. Newton, Mass., 74 Waban Park. (from Pierce's Transcription)
Enlisted as a Private on 29 August 1862 at the age of 18.
Enlisted in Company E, 44th Infantry Regiment. Massachusetts on 12 September 1862.
Mustered out on 18 June 1863 in Readville, MA. Promoted to Full Lieutenant 2nd Class on 03 December 1864 (As of Co. G 54th MA Inf).
Commission in Company G, 54th Infantry Regiment Massachusetts on 22 January 1865.
Served under command of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw.
Transfered on 28 April 1865.
Promoted to Full Lieutenant 1st Class on 28 April 1865 (As of Co."K").
Mustered out on 20 August 1865 in Mount Pleasant, SC Sources: Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War. (MASSCW) Published in 1931-37 by Adjutant General Register of the Commandery of the State of Massachusetts MOLLUS. (MAMOLLUS) Published in 1912.
William Whitney married Alpa Matilda Nutt Nov. 12, 1872 at Montpelier, Washington co., Vermont. They had four sons.
His gravestone is located in section 478 at the Green Mount Cemetery.
Alpa Matilda Nutt Whitney
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