William C Hudnall

BirthAug. 14, 1844
DeathJune 9, 1933
CemeteryForest Lawn (Omaha)
PostGrant (Omaha)
Unit85th Illinois Infantry, Company H

Private William C Hudnall

Company H, 85th Illinois Infantry

Hudnall was born in Logan County, Kentucky on August 14, 1844. He was residing in Astoria (Fulton County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on July 31, 1862. Hudnall was mustered on August 27, 1862. He served about 2 years and 9 months. Hudnall was discharged on June 5, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 85th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Peoria, Illinois on August 27, 1862. During Hudnall’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 28, 1862-January 3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863).

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

Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountion (GA) (June 10-July 2, 1864).

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

Operations in northern Alabama and Georgia against Generals Forest and Hood (Septmeber 29-November 3, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

The Battle of Kenesaw Mountain was the most costly engagement of the War for the regiment. In a span of 3 days, the regiment lost 24 soldiers and 4 were wounded.

Hudnall died on June 9, 1933 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska. Hudnall was a member of the Grant Post (#110) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Omaha.

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