|Birth||Feb. 9, 1845|
|Death||Aug. 6, 1931|
|Unit||1st Wisconsin Infantry, Company I|
Musician Walter Morrill
Company I, 1st Wisconsin Infantry
Morrill was born on February 9, 1845. He was residing in Lima (Sheboygan County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on September 24, 1861. Morrill enlisted as a private and was promoted to musician during his tour of duty. He served a little over 3 years before he was discharged on October 13, 1864 at Milwaukee.
The 1st Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Scott (Milwaukee), Wisconsin on October 19, 1861. During Morrill’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles. Two of them were:
Battle of Chaplin Hills/Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862) was the most regiment’s most costly during the War. The unit lost 55 soldiers, 88 were wounded, and 9 were taken prisoner. The battle is commonly referred to as the Battle of Kentucky. The Union forces prevailed and retained control of Kentucky for the balance of the Civil War.
The Battle of Chickamauga (GA/TN) (September 19-20, 1863) was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater. This was another costly battle for the 1st Wisconsin Infantry. Twenty-two (22) soldiers were killed, 71 were wounded, and 75 were taken prisoner or reported missing.
Morrill died on August 6, 1931 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Tekamah Cemetery in Tekamah (Burt County), Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.