CPT William W Lyons

CPT William W Lyons

Birth
Morgan County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jul 1904 (aged 71)
Burial Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 58099089 · View Source
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William W. Lyons was born December 27, 1832 in Morgan County, Ohio. He married Jennette J. Beedy in Clayton County, Iowa, and a daughter, Hattie, was born May 18, 1859. On August 13, 1862, at Hardin, he was enrolled as a 2nd Sergeant in Company B of the 21st Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was described as being 6' 1" tall with blue eyes, black hair, and a dark complexion. The regiment was mustered into service at Dubuque on September 9, 1862 and left for the South by river transport on September 16, 1862. At Iron Mountain, Missouri, on February 28, 1863 he was promoted to 1st Sergeant. Three days later, Jennette gave birth to a son, Leroy W. Lyons. On March 11, 1863 the regiment reached Ste. Genevieve on the Mississippi River and William requested and was granted a furlough to return home for a short visit. He left on March 19th and accompanied the body of Mason Bettys, a comrade who had died that day. By mid-April he was back and with the regiment when it crossed the Mississippi from the west to the Bruinsburg landing on the east bank on April 30, 1863. On May 17, 1863 he participated with his regiment as it and the 23rd Iowa led an assault on entrenched Confederates guarding a large railroad bridge over the Big Black River. During the assault he was wounded and the middle finger on his left hand was almost severed. That evening it was amputated by Surgeon William Orr. During the ensuing siege of Vicksburg he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. In August the regiment was camped at Carrollton, Louisiana, when William was detached to serve with a Pioneer Corps. On January 17, 1864 a Special Order relieved him from the Pioneer Corps so he could return to the regiment as its newly appointed Captain. In April they were serving on the Gulf Coast of Texas when he was again detached, this time to command a Division of the Pioneer Corps. On September 17, 1864, Jennette his wife died. She was buried in Hardin Cemetery with other members of her family. After completing its service in Texas, the regiment returned to New Orleans, performed service in Arkansas, was stationed at Memphis, and was then again taken south to the Gulf. This time they were transported east and went ashore on Dauphin Island at the entrance to Mobile Bay. With a difficult march ahead of them, William was again detached from the regiment and ordered to organize and command a Pioneer Corps responsible for building roads so the regiment, artillery, wagons and other equipment could be moved north along the east side of the bay. After occupying Mobile, they camped at Spring Hill before returning to New Orleans and going up the Red River. While most of the regiment moved to Camp Salubrity near Natchitoches, William was ordered to Shreveport to assist in the mustering out of Company A's early enlistees. He then accompanied the regiment to Baton Rouge where it was mustered out on July 15, 1865. In Montezuma, Iowa, on September 5, 1867 he married Atlantic G. Hatfield (her name is misspelled as "Atlanta" on their gravestone). To them three boys were born: William E. on August 21, 1870, Charles A. on March 5, 1876, and Samuel M. on January 6, 1877. The family moved to Nebraska where William worked as a farmer with addresses in Glenville, Inland, and Hastings. In August, 1893, he and one of his sons (William E.) worked together loading hay. William was walking next to the hay loader, when he reached in to adjust a drive chain. The chain caught his right hand, drew his fingers into a sprocket wheel, and badly mashed two of the fingers. In August, the month after her husband's death, Atlantic gave her address as 914 West 10th Street, Hastings, when she applied for a pension. In 1916, she applied for an increase and gave her address as Edison, Nebraska. She was receiving a $30 monthly pension when she died on May 9, 1923.
- Carl Ingwalson
Added: Feb. 1, 2015

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  • Created by: Tony & Cindy Lloyd
  • Added: 2 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58099089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT William W Lyons (27 Dec 1832–25 Jul 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58099089, citing Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Tony & Cindy Lloyd (contributor 47320243) .