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83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Portfolio

Originally published by Civil War Times magazine. Published Online: September 30, 2009 
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Private Oliver Wilcox Norton, Co. K., 83rd PA Enlisted September 1, 1961, Discharged November 10, 1863. Wounded in Action at Gaines Mill on Virginia July 17, 1862. Bugler to: General Daniel Butterfield and Bugler and Brigade Color Bearer for Colonel Strong Vincent's Brigade at Little Round Top, Gettysburg. Co-creator of the bugle call "taps"; first bugler to play it. Commissioned First Lieutenant: 8th United States Colored Troops (USCT) on November 6, 1863. Regimental Quartermaster August 30, 1865. Discharged from 8th USCT on November 10, 1865. Participated with his regiments in 26 battles. Published "The Attack and Defense of Little Round Top" (1913), the definitive source for the placement of Vincent's Brigade on Little Round Top. Also Published "Army Letters," (1903). Founded the American Can Company. Died October 10, 1920, buried in Chicago, IL. Carte de visite by JE McClees, Philadelphia PA from the collection of Theodore J. Karle @2009

3 Responses to “83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Portfolio”

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    Bruce Mcgill says:

    WoW is all I can say. This is my gggrandfather William H Mcgill. I have a picture of him after the war with his wife. It is him,if you would like to see it I can mail it to you to confirm that it is him.

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    Janet Davie says:

    Your gggrandfather was the older brother of my ggrandfather, Christopher. I was hoping there was a picture of your grandfather here but didn't find him.

    Also wondering if you have figured out the puzzle of their genealogy. I am stuck at 1810. Wm H McGill, Sr, born about 1810, died between 1850 and 1860 of complications of measles. Some think it goes back to Patrick McGill but his son was William Perry McGill who died in 1847.

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    Jane Davis says:

    I'm researching the McGill's of Pennsylvania. My grandmother was Nancy Jane McGill and her children's names lead me to believe there is a connection with William Perry McGill. One child was named Perry and another one William. Nancy married George Kepler.

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