William H. Bosserman


BirthNov. 19, 1842
DeathOct. 7, 1935
CemeteryGrafton (Grafton)
PostShields (Grafton)
Unit107th Illinois Infantry, Company B

Private William H. Bosserman

Company B, 107th Illinois Infantry

Bosserman was born in Licking County, Ohio on November 19, 1842. Some Civil War sources indicate that he spelled his name “Besserman” during his service. He was residing in Clinton (Dewitt County), Illinois when he enlisted for 3 years on August 9, 1862. Bosserman served about 34 months with the regiment. He was mustered out on June 21, 1865 at Salisbury, North Carolina.

The 107th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Butler, Illinois on September 4, 1862. During Bosserman’s enlistment the unit was involved in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations in Georgia and Alabama against General John Bell Hood (September 29-November 3, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (March 1-April 26, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when Confederate General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 14, 1865).

Bosserman died on October 7, 1935 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Grafton Cemetery in Grafton (Fillmore County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Shields Post (#33) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Grafton and the Elliot Post (#88) in Davenport. In addition, he was a member of the Wilson Post (#22) in Geneva, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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