|Birth||March 16, 1840|
|Death||April 25, 1924|
|Unit||017th Illinois Infantry, Company D|
Private William H Harvey
Company D, 17th Illinois Infantry
Company I, 8th Illinois Infantry
Harvey was born in Centerville (Knox County), Illinois on March 16, 1840. He was residing in Altona (Knox County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on August 10, 1861. Harvey served about 34 months with the unit before it was mustered out due to the expiration of its’ term. The veterans of the 17th Illinois were transferred to the 8th Illinois Infantry. Harvey was mustered out on August 17, 1865.
The 17th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Peoria, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During Maurice’s enlistment, the regiment in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-16, 1862).
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).
Battle of Jackson (MS) (May 14,1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
The 2 days of the Battle of Shiloh were the most costly engagement of the War for the regiment. Eighteen (18 soldiers) were lost and 7 were wounded.
Harvey died on April 25, 1924 at the age of 84 years. He is buried in Ridge Cemetery in Fremont (Dodge County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Springview Post (#212) in Springview and the McPherson Post (#4) in Fremont of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.