William H Lakin

BirthAug. 14, 1844
DeathMarch 23, 1932
CemeteryDorchester (Dorchester)
PostAtlanta (Valley)
Unit104th Illinois Infantry, Company I

Private William H Lakin

Company I, 104th Illinois Infantry

Lakin was born in England on August 14, 1844. He was residing in Groveland (LaSalle County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on August 13, 1862. Lakin was mustered on August 27, 1862. He served about 33 months before his discharge on June 6, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 104th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Ottawa, Illinois on August 27, 1862. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

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

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

Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 24, 1864).

Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864).

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

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864). Regimental losses were 16 killed and 5 wounded.

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 (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 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).

Lakin died on March 23, 1932 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Dorchester Cemetery in Dorchester (Saline County), Nebraska. Lakin was a member of the Atlanta Post (#174) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Valley, Nebraska.

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