William H Ehlers

BirthSept. 9, 1840
DeathJuly 20, 1934
CemeteryNorth Branch (Otoe Co)
PostWadsworth (Syracuse)
Unit96th Illinois Infantry, Company C

Private William H Ehlers

Company C, 96th Illinois Infantry

Ehlers was born in Germany on September 9, 1840. He was residing in Ela (Lake County), Illinois when the enlisted in the regiment on August 15, 1862. Ehlers was mustered on September 15, 1862. He served 2 years and 9 months before being discharged on June 10, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

The 96th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Rockford, Illinois on September 6, 1862. During Ehlers’ enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

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

Operations against General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 28-November 3, 1864).

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

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

During 2 days of fighting at the Battle of Chickamauga, the regiment lost 37 soldiers, 103 were wounded, and 14 were reported as taken prisoner or missing. Illinois records indicate that Ehlers was captured on June 19, 1864 near Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia. He was paroled by Confederate forces and the length of his imprisonment was not available.

Ehlers died on July 20, 1934 at the age of 93 years. He is buried in North Branch Cemetery in Otoe County, Nebraska. Ehlers was a member of the Wadsworth Post (#21) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Syracuse, Nebraska.

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