William Becklam

BirthFeb. 18, 1839
DeathApril 8, 1926
CemeteryNew Hope (Monroe)
PostAtlanta (Monroe)
Unit105th Illinois Infantry, Company B

Private William Becklam

Company B, 105th Illinois Infantry

Becklam (also spelled Bachlem) was born in Germany on February 18, 1839. He was living in Winfield (Dupage County), Illinois when he enlisted for 3 years on August 5, 1862. The 23 year old farmer was mustered in on September 2, 1862 and served about 33 months. He was mustered out on June 7, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 105th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Dixon, Illinois on September 2, 1862. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 2-September 8, 1864).

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

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

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

Becklam died on April 8, 1926 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the New Hope Cemetery in Monroe (Platte County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Atlanta Post (#275) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Monroe.

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