|Birth||Nov. 28, 1843|
|Death||July 16, 1941|
|Cemetery||Forest Lawn (Omaha)|
|Unit||8th Illinois Cavalry, Company C|
Private William Efner
Company C, 8th Illinois Cavalry
Efner was born in Illinois on November 28, 1843. He was living in Albany (Whiteside County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on January 23, 1864. Efner was mustered on February 2, 1864 and served about 17 months before being mustered out on July 17, 1865 at St Louis.
The 8th Illinois Cavalry served in the Army of the Potomac. The unit was part of the search for John Wilkes Booth and served as President Lincoln’s honor guard.
Efner died on July 16, 1941 at the age of 97 years. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska. Efner was a charter member of the Gillispie Post (#249) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Norden, Nebraska. In addition, he was the last member of the Gillispie Post.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.