|Birth||May 15, 1842|
|Death||March 1, 1884|
|Unit||127th Illinois Infantry, Company I|
Corporal William L Kendall
Company I, 127th Illinois Infantry
Kendall was born in Compton (Kane County), Illinois on May 15, 1842. He was living in Compton when he enlisted in the regiment on August 8, 1862. He was mustered in the regiment on September 5, 1862 and went on to serve about 33 months. Kendall was mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Chicago. Kendall enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal during his tour of duty.
The 127th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Douglas (Chicago) on September 6, 1862. The unit was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1862).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May-September 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 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-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).
Kendall died on March 1, 1884. He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Stanton, Nebraska. The Kendall Post (#190) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Stanton is named for him.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.