William A Polock

BirthAug. 12, 1817
DeathMarch 30, 1882
CemeteryWalnut Grove (Brownville)
PostPolock (Brownville)
Unit1st Nebraska Inf/Cav, Company C

2nd Lieutenant William A Polock

Company C, 1st Nebraska Infantry/Cavalry

Polock was born in Philadelphia on August 12, 1817. He was living in Brownville (Nemaha County), Nebraska when he enlisted on June 13, 1861. Polock was 44 years old and enlisted as a 1st sergeant. He was mustered as on June 15, 1861 and served over 4 years. Polock was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on September 2, 1862 and was mustered out on October 3, 1865.

The 1st Nebraska Infantry was organized at Omaha between June 11 and July 21, 1861. The unit was involved in several major battles in the early part of the Civil War. The list includes:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 13-16, 1862).

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Action at Cape Girardeau (MO) (April 26, 1863).

The unit was converted to a cavalry out on November 6, 1863. During the summer of 1864 the regiment was assigned to duties in Nebraska and Colorado. It was involved in operations against Indians until it was mustered out on July 1, 1866.

Polock died on March 30, 1882. He is buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Brownville (Nemaha County), Nebraska. The Polock Post (#103) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Brownville was named for him.

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