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Col William Obrien

Col William Obrien

Birth
Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 3 Oct 1875 (aged 36)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Burial Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 13960575 · View Source
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American Civil War Soldiers Record
about William O'Brien
Name: William O'Brien ,
Residence: Noblesville, Indiana
Enlistment Date: 23 April 1861
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Indiana
Unit Numbers: 531 531
Service Record: Enlisted as a Captain on 23 April 1861
Commission in Company D, 12th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 14 May 1861.
Mustered out Company D, 12th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 19 May 1862 in Washington, DC

American Civil War Regiments Record
Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment IN
Date Mustered: 16 May 1862
Regiment Type: Infantry
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 0
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 0
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers

Regimental History
Twelfth Infantry INDIANA
(1 year and 3 years)


Twelfth Infantry. Cols., John M. Wallace, William H. Link,
Reuben Williams; Lieut.-Cols., William H. Link, Reuben
Williams, Solomon D. Kempton, James Goodnow, Elbert D.
Baldwin, George M. Trotter; Majs., George Humphreys, Solomon
D. Kempton, James Goodnow, Elbert D. Baldwin, George M.
Trotter, Samuel Boughter, Henry Hubler.

This regiment was organized at Indianapolis in May, 1861, for
one year, was mustered in May 11 and left for Evansville June
11, to take the place of the 11th regiment for blockade duty.
It left the state on July 23, for Sandy Hook, Md., where it
was assigned to Abercrombie's brigade, Banks' Army of the
Shenandoah. Lieut.-Col. Link was promoted to colonel, when
Col. Wallace resigned, Maj. Humphreys was made lieutenant
colonel, and Capt. Henry Hubler of Co. E became major.

The regiment was in camp at Pleasant Valley and Hyattstown
until Sept. 11, when it moved to Williamstown, where it was on
picket and outpost duty by companies, with frequent
skirmishes, until March, 1862. It then marched for
Winchester, skirmished near there on the 11th, and was the
first regiment to enter the town the morning following its
evacuation.

It engaged in various movements until April 3, was then in
camp at Warrenton until May 5, and was mustered out at
Washington on May 14. Its original strength was 788; it
gained by recruits, 244; total, 1,032. It lost by death, 22;
desertion 83; unaccounted for, 1.

The regiment was immediately reorganized at Indianapolis for
the three years' service, and was mustered in Aug. 17, 1862.
It left the state a few days later, to meet the threatened
invasion of Kirby Smith, and participated in the battle of
Richmond, Ky., where it lost 173 in killed and wounded. Col.
Link was mortally wounded, most of the men were taken
prisoners but were paroled and were exchanged in November.

After the exchange the regiment moved for Holly Springs,
Miss., and marched to the Tallahatchie River in December. It
was stationed at Grand Junction in Jan. 1863, and in the
spring was placed on duty at Collierville, Tenn. It was
assigned to Logan's (15th) corps, Army of the Tennessee, and
moved to Vicksburg in June, remaining in the trenches until
the surrender.

It then moved to the Big Black River, where it remained until
Sept. 28, then went to Memphis and participated in the march
to Chattanooga. In the battle of Missionary Ridge it lost 110
in killed and wounded, then joined in pursuit of Bragg to
Graysville, GA, where it was ordered to the relief of Gen.
Burnside at Knoxville.

It remained in camp at Scottsboro, Ala., from Dec. 26, 1863,
to May 1, 1864. In the Atlanta campaign it was engaged at
Resaca, New Hope Church, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, and
Jonesboro, losing 240 men killed and wounded between Dalton
and Atlanta. It joined in pursuit of Hood through Georgia and
Alabama and on Nov. 14 moved for Savannah.

After the surrender of that city the regiment joined in the
campaign of the Carolinas, being engaged at Columbia and
Bentonville. It then marched to Raleigh, Richmond and
Washington, and was mustered out at the last named place June
8, 1865, the recruits and drafted men being transferred to the
48th and 59th regiments.

The original strength of the regiment was 948, and it gained
by recruits, 384; total, 1,332. Loss by death, 293;
desertion, 8;unaccounted for, 13

Source: The Union Army, vol. 3

Battles Fought

Fought on 19 November 1861 at Antietam, MD.
Fought on 08 January 1862 at Antietam, MD.
Fought on 11 December 1862.

American Civil War Soldiers Record
about William O'Brien
Name: William O'Brien ,
Residence: Noblesville, Indiana
Enlistment Date: 18 July 1862
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Indiana
Unit Numbers: 629 629
Service Record: Enlisted as a Lieutenant 1st Class on 18 July 1862
Promoted to Full Lieutenant 1st Class on 18 July 1862 effective 18 July 1862 (1st Lieut & Adjutant)
Commission in Company S, 75th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 18 July 1862.
Promoted to Full Lieutenant Colonel on 20 August 1862 effective 20 August 1862
Promoted to Full Colonel on 01 April 1864 (Not Mustered)
Promoted to Brevet Colonel on 13 March 1865
Mustered out Company S, 75th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 08 June 1865 in Washington, DC

American Civil War Regiments Record
Regiment: 75th Infantry Regiment IN
Date Mustered: 08 June 1865
Regiment Type: Infantry
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 1
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 43
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 2
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers

Regimental History
Seventy-fifth Infantry INDIANA
(3-YEARS)



Seventy-fifth Infantry. -- Cols., John U. Pettit, Milton S.
Robinson, William O'Brien, Lieut.-Cols., William O'Brien,
Cyrus J. McCole; Majs. Cyrus J. McCole, Mahlon H. Floyd.

This regiment was organized at Wabash and was mustered in on
Aug. 19, 1862. It left the state on Aug. 21 for Lebanon, Ky.,
but retired to Louisville upon Bragg's advance.

It then moved to Frankfort, Scottsville, Gallatin and Cave
City in pursuit of Morgan's forces. It was in camp near
Gallatin during December and moved in Jan., 1863, to
Murfreesboro, being engaged in scouting and brief expeditions,
with the 2nd brigade, 3rd division, 14th army corps.

On June 24 it started for Tullahoma, participated in the
battle at Hoover's gap and was the first regiment to enter the
enemy's works at Tullahoma. Moving then towards Chattanooga,
it was engaged at Chickamauga, losing 17 killed and 107
wounded.

It remained near Chattanooga during the fall and winter and
was engaged in the battle of Missionary Ridge. It moved to
Ringgold, GA, in the spring of 1864, joined the campaign to
Atlanta, and was engaged at Dalton, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw
Mountain, Peachtree Creek, in front of Atlanta, and at
Jonesboro.

On Oct. 4, the 75th moved with its corps to Pine Mountain, and
arrived in time to threaten the rear of French's division of
Hood's army, which was investing the garrison at Allatoona.
The regiment pursued the enemy to Gaylesville, and returned in
time to join the march upon Savannah, which city was reached
in December.

In Jan., 1865, the regiment made the march through the
Carolinas to Goldsboro, participating en route in the battles
of Fayetteville and Bentonville. It then moved with the
advance of the army to Raleigh, skirmishing at Smithfield,
thence to Richmond and Washington, and was mustered out at
Washington, June 8, 1865. The recruits were transferred to
the 42nd Ind. and served with that regiment until its muster
out.

The original strength of the 75th was 1,031; gain by recruits,
96; total, 1,127. Loss by death, 227; desertion, 30;
unaccounted for, 31.

Source: Union Army, vol 3, p. 158

Battles Fought

Fought on 19 September 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 20 September 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 25 November 1863 at Missionary Ridge, TN.
Fought on 18 June 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain, GA.
Fought on 07 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.

1870 United States Federal Census Record
about William Obrien
Name: William Obrien
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Age in 1870: 31
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1870: Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Noblesville


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  • Created by: Jenn Lewallen
  • Added: 14 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13960575
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col William Obrien (31 May 1839–3 Oct 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13960575, citing Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Jenn Lewallen (contributor 46582334) .