William E. Golliday

135 Illinois Infantry
Company E & K

Son of Jackson and Mahala (Swain) Golliday


William lived in Danville, Illinois. He was 18 or 19 years old and not married when he enlisted on 26 Apr 1864. He was one of the soldiers known as the "Hundred Days' Men". In the spring of 1864, several Northern states enlisted new soldiers for guard duty. The plan was to free up for combat the veteran Union soldiers who had been performing this duty. The hope was that this would allow the Union to win the war in one hundred days.

He mustered in Company E on 06 June 1864 at Mattoon, but the next day he was transferred to Company K. He was listed as 5' 1" in height with dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair.

His regiment reported to Benton Barracks just north of St. Louis. Then it was sent for railroad guard duty to various locations. William mustered out along with the rest of his regiment on 28 September 1864 at Camp Butler in Mattoon, Illinois.

US flag   Buried at: Potomac Cemetery in Potomac (Vermilion County), Illinois   US flag


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