William Horner


BirthFeb. 20, 1847
DeathAug. 2, 1937
CemeteryGreenwood (Lexington)
PostReno (Lexington)
Unit5th Wisconsin Infantry, Company H

Private Wiliam Horner

Company H, 5th Wisconsin Infantry

Horner was born in Racine County, Wisconsin on February 20, 1847. The 17-year old enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on September 5, 1864. Horner served about 10 months with the unit. He was mustered out on June 20, 1865.

Horner joined the regiment in the latter part of 1864. During his enlistment the unit was involved in several major military operations and battles. Some of them include:

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).

Battle of Opequan (VA) (September 19, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (December 4, 1864 to April 2, 1865).

Assault on and fall of Petersburg (VA) (April 2, 1865).

Battle of Sailor’s Creek (VA) (April 6, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House (VA) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).

The regiment lost 11 soldiers on April 2, 1865 at the Fall of Petersburg. In addition, 44 members were wounded. The Battle of Sailor’s Creek was very costly. Fifteen (15) soldiers were lost and 54 were wounded on April 6, 1865.

Horner died on August 2, 1937 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington (Dawson County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Reno Post (#112) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Lexington.

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


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