|Birth||Jan. 11, 1842|
|Death||Aug. 21, 1920|
|Unit||14th New York H Artillery, Company K|
Private William M Weaver
Company K, 14th New York Heavy Artillery
Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)
Weaver was born in New York City on January 11, 1842. He enlisted in the regiment on December 9, 1863 and was officially mustered on December 21, 1863. He served about 16 months before transferring the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC). The VRC was organized for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from disease/illness. They were assigned light duty which allowed able-bodied men to be sent to front-line action. The reason(s) for Weaver’s transfer to the VRC was not available.
Company K (along with Company I) was organized at Fort Richmond, New York Harbor on December 24, 1861. Initially, the regiment was assigned to duty in New York Harbor. On April 23, 1864 the unit was assigned to infantry duties in the Army of the Potomac. General Ulysses Grant was charged with winning the War and waged the Overland Campaign to defeat the Confederates. The regiment was involved in some of the most brutal and bloody battles of the War. Some of them include:
Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).
Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864-April 2, 1865). Regimental losses were 34 killed, 65 wounded, and 40 captured on June 17, 1864.
Battle of Stedman (VA) (March 25, 1865). Regimental losses were 9 killed, 22 wounded, and 150 captured.
Weaver died on August 21, 1920 at the age of 78 years. He is buried in the Juniata Cemetery in Juniata (Adams County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Prosser Post (#286) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Prosser, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Strickland Post (#13) of the GAR in Hastings.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.