|Birth||Oct. 24, 1841|
|Death||Sept. 13, 1933|
|Post||Old Abe (Superior)|
|Unit||150th Illinois Infantry, Company A|
1st Lieutenant William L Hilyard
Company A, 25th Illinois Infantry
Company E, 150th Illinois Infantry
Hilyard was born in Ridge Farm (Vermillion County), Illinois on October 24, 1841. He was residing in Ridge Farm when he enlisted in the 25th Illinois Infantry on June 1, 1861. Hilyard was mustered on August 4, 1861 and served over 3 years. He was discharged on September 5, 1864 at Camp Butler (Springfield), Illinois. He re-enlisted in the Union Army as a member of the 150th Illinois Infantry on February 6, 1865. Hilyard enlisted as a corporal and was promoted to 1st lieutenant on August 10, 1865. He was discharged on January 16, 1866 at Atlanta, Georgia.
The 25th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at St Louis on August 4, 1861. During Hilyard’s enlistment the unit was involved in several major battles and military campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Pea Ridge (AR) (March 6-8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 17 killed and 26 wounded.
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863). Regimental losses were 5 killed, 45 wounded, and 19 captured.
Atlanta Campaign (GA) (June 7 – August 1, 1864).
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 1, 1864).
The 150th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler (Chicago), Illinois on February 14, 1865. Company A was assigned to Atlanta in July 1865 and performed garrison duty for the balance of their 1 year.
Hilyard died on September 13, 1933 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior (Nuckolls County), Nebraska. Hilyard was a member fo the Old Abe Post (#63) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Superior.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.