William G. Putney papers  ca. 1896
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Biography

Putney, William G., 1842-1919

Rank : Bugler

Regiment : 2nd Illinois Light Artillery Regiment. Battery I (1861-1865)

Service : 1861 December 31-1865 May 20

The batteries comprising the 2nd Illinois Light Artillery were raised and served more or less independently of one another, predominantly in the western theater. Battery I was among the most active, taking part in the federal invasion of Kentucky and Tennessee, the rear guard actions to secure Kentucky, and the series of campaigns from Chattanooga through the Carolinas Campaign. During their service, the battery took part in engagements at Island No. 10, Corinth, Perryville, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga, as well as numerous engagements during the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the March through the Carolinas.

The young bugler of Battery I, William G. Putney, was born in Southbridge, Mass., but was working as a farmer in Channahon, Ill., at the time of his enlistment on October 1, 1861. Putney remained at Camp Butler until mustered in to the federal service on December 31, and from that point, he served continuously with the regiment until an eye ailment and hernia forced him to enter hospital at Savannah on January 20, 1865. He received a discharge for disability on May 20, 1865. After the war, Putney returned to Illinois and practiced as a physician in Kendall, Grundy and La Salle counties, continuing his practice in Lincoln, Neb., after June, 1904. He and his wife, Cornelia Elizabeth Boomer, raised a family of two daughters, three sons, and one foster son.