|Death||April 23, 1936|
|Unit||11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B|
Corporal William Laudon
Company B, 11th Wisconsin Infantry
Laudon was born in Germany. He was residing in Middleton (Dane County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on October 31, 1861. Laudon enlisted as a corporal. He served about 3 years and 10 months before his discharge on September 4, 1865.
Personal information for Laudon is sketchy. One source indicates that he was born on November 26, 1847. That is probably incorrect. Based on his date of enlistment, he would have been 13 years old when he joined the regiment. One source lists April 23, 1931 at his date of death and a second source gives April 23, 1936. Burial records do not list either a date of birth or death.
The 11th Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Madison on October 18, 1861. During Laudon’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely (AL) (March 26-April 8, 1865).
Occupation of Mobile (AL) (April 12, 1865).
The regiment fought in 2 very costly battles/sieges during the Civil War. Eleven (11) soldiers were lost and 102 were wounded on May 22, 1863 at the Siege of Vicksburg. Fifteen (15) were killed and 45 were wounded on April 9, 1865 at the Siege of Fort Blakely.
Laudon is buried in the Schuyler Cemetery in Schuyler (Colfax County), Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.