|Birth||March 7, 1845|
|Death||Aug. 2, 1931|
|Cemetery||Omaha Valley (Homer)|
|Unit||16th Illinois Infantry, Company A|
Private William O Hoskinson
Company A, 16th Illinois Infantry
Hoskinson was born in Rushville (Schuyler County), Illinois on March 7, 1845. He was residing in Rushville when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on February 8, 1864. Hoskinson served 17 months before he was discharged on July 8, 1865.
The 16th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Quincy, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During Hoskinson’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations in Georgia and Alabama against Confederate Generals Forest and Hood (September 29-November 3, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 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).
Hoskinson died on August 2, 1931 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Omaha Valley Cemetery in Homer (Dakota County), Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.