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William VanAlstyne

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Death 14 Jun 1863
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Port Hudson National Cemetery is located on the site where Union and Confederate forces were engaged in the siege of Port Hudson. Nearly 4,000 Union troops were killed and almost all were buried in the cemetery; only 600 were known.
Memorial ID 153868830 · View Source
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William Van Alstyne was 28 when he enlisted in Albany NY. Mustered into Co D 91 NY INF as a sergeant..
Killed in action June 14, 1862 during the siege of Port Hudson, LA


Port Hudson was the site of the longest siege in American history, lasting 48 days, when 7,500 Confederates resisted some 40,000 Union soldiers for almost two months during 1863. Over 2000 Union soldiers were killed during the first attempt to take the Port. Another attempt to take Port Hudson failed on June 13, when the Confederates inflicted 1,805 casualties on the Union troops. William died the following day. It wasn't until early July before the Confederates surrendered and that was only after they heard that Vicksburg had fallen.


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  • Created by: Desertthorn
  • Added: 17 Oct 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 153868830
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William VanAlstyne (unknown–14 Jun 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 153868830, ; Maintained by Desertthorn (contributor 47408081) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Port Hudson National Cemetery is located on the site where Union and Confederate forces were engaged in the siege of Port Hudson. Nearly 4,000 Union troops were killed and almost all were buried in the cemetery; only 600 were known..