Wednesday, March 14, 2012

25. Warrior Wednesday: William O'Neill, Civil War

William O'Neill, son of John and grandson of Hugh, served in Co. F. of the 173rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. According to Dyer's Compendium, the 173rd was:
"Organized at Gallipolis, Ohio, and mustered in September 18, 1864. Left State for Nashville, Tenn., September 18, arriving there October 1. Attached to Post and Defenses of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. 3rd Sub-District, District of Middle Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.-Assigned to guard duty at Nashville, Tenn., till February, 1865. Occupation of Nashville during Hood's investment December 1-15, 1864. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Guarding prisoners at Nashville till February, 1865. Moved to Columbia, Tenn., February 15. Duty there and at Johnsonville till June 20. Moved to Nashville June 20, and there mustered out June 26. Disbanded at Camp Dennison, Ohio, July 5, 1865."

William, a resident of Mason in Lawrence County, Ohio, survived the war and returned home. He applied for and was granted pension #645009 in 1890 for his service.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Ron. I am Fred O'Neill, great-great-grandson of William and Rhuama O'Neill. I live in Marietta, Ohio and am active in historical research. This is the first that I knew about great-great-grandfather's war record extending to the war's end (June, 1865). I had assumed he mustered out earlier. I did know that he served in Nashville during the Hood attack. My copy of his mustering-out paper says that he was in "ordinance" ... My grandfather was the Reverend Charles C. O'Neill (died 1973) of Maineville, Ohio, son of George W. O'Neill, author of the noted family history ... Do you have any information on the O'Neills of Leighlin (sometimes spelled "Lagin") near Carlow. I know that Hugh (born 1696) had a wife named "Catrine" and a brother named Morgan. His son John married Esther Ashmore whose family owned the plot in All Saints' Church at Fenagh ... I know that great-grandfather George's speculations about the O'Neills of Tyr-Owen is highly speculative (old Hugh of Tyrone may have been the offspring of a smith named Kelly), but what might be our relationship (if any) to the "O'Neills of Magh-da-Chonn"? ... Is that pronounced "Mack-da-Kohan"?