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Col William W Ellis

Col William W Ellis

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Sep 1903 (aged 63)
Burial Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 26943632 · View Source
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Excerpt from "Citizens of Villisca Township from History of Montogomery County, Iowa, Illustrated. Des Moines, Iowa Historical and Biographical Co., 1881, Page 648-695.

P. O. Villisca; born in Wilkes-barre, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1840. Educated at home. Entered the army April 16, 1861; enlisted as a private for three months, and served his time, returning as acting quartermaster. Raised a company and with his company joined Birney's Zouaves. Was wounded at Fair Oaks, in the shoulder; and at Fredericksburg, in 1863, in the loin and compound fracture of left leg, while taking part in the famous charge of the Light Division, (61st Pennsylvania regiment); on account of his extreme youth he was known as the "Boy Captain." Gave up his captaincy, voluntarily, for first lieutenancy, but was promoted for bravery at Fair Oaks. Also wounded at Fredericksburg. Was in the battles of Williamsburg, Savage's Station, Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, and in the seven days' fight at Fredericksburg, Antietam and South Mountain. After being wounded at Fredericksburg, was taken to Washington, and after convalescing was transferred to the "veteran reserve corps," by order of the president, and confirmed by congress, and remained in service until discharged in 1866. He went into business at his old home. In 1870 he removed to Villisca, and is now engaged in the grain trade at that place, owning the elevator there, buying and shipping a large amount of grain annually. He is now colonel of the Fifth regiment Iowa National Guards; was elected colonel in April, 1880. (A history of this regiment will be found in another part of this book.) Col. Ellis is a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges of Villisca. Was married to Maggie Sleppy in 1861. They have four children: Arthur W., aged nineteen, Emmor, aged seventeen, Walter S., aged fourteen, and Maud T., aged thirteen. Col. Ellis has proved himself to be a brave man and worthy soldier, going at the first call of the government and remaining until the country was redeemed and peace declared.

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