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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

William R. Terrill

(Ap'd Va.)


William Rufus Terrill: Born Apr. 21, 1834.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1849, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1853.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Nov. 4, 1853.

Served: on Recruiting service, 1853‑54; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1854‑55; in conducting recruits to Texas, 1855; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1855; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 4, 1855, to July 1, 1856; on frontier duty at Ft.

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Mar. 31, 1856)

Mackinac, Mich., 1856; in the Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1857; and on Coast Survey, Mar. 17, 1858, to May, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62: in temporary command of the 24th Pennsylvania Volunteers, at Washington

(Captain, 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Arsenal, D. C., May, 1861; as Acting Inspector-General of the Department of Washington, June, 1861; in recruiting and organizing his Battery, July to Nov., 1861; as Commandant of Artillery at the Camp of Instruction, near Louisville, Ky., Nov. 21 to Dec. 21, 1861; as Chief of Artillery of 2d Division (Army of the Ohio), in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Buell's Campaign in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, Jan. to June, 1862, being engaged (commanding a Battery) in the Battle of Shiloh, Apr. 6‑7,​1 — and in the Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 10 to May 30, 1862; in Major-General Nelson's Kentucky Operations, Sep. to Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Defense of Louisville, Sep., 1862, — and Battle

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 9, 1862)

 p533  of Perryville, where, while urging forward his brigade against the enemy, he was

Killed, Oct. 8, 1862: Aged 29.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

The Author's Note:

1 "Terrill's Battery," says the official dispatch, "was a host in itself. Its fire was terrific. It was handled superbly. Where Captain Terrill turned his guns, silence prevailed on the part of the enemy."

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