William Thompson

William Thompson (abt. 1845)

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Pvt. William Thompson
Born about in United Statesmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] in United Statesmap
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Profile last modified | Created 23 Jul 2018 | Last significant change: 9 Dec 2018
09:00: K Raymoure edited the Primary Photo for William Thompson (abt.1845-). [Thank K for this]
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Categories: 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (Colored), United States Civil War | Great Barrington, Massachusetts.




  • 1863: Laborer


  • 1890: Great Barrington, Massachusetts (US Veterans Schedules)
  • 1863: Thomas, Ohio [sic] (military enlistment)

Military Service

Private in Company E of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first regiment in the United States to enlist men of color during the Civil War. Enlisted on 1 April 1863 from Thomas, Ohio [sic] (maybe Fort Thomas, Kentucky on the Ohio border?) He was about 18 years old, single and working as a laborer when he enlisted. Mustered out 20 August 1865.

Research Notes

He is mentioned in an article in the Omaha Daily Bee on 15 February 1899 but Chronicling America was down when I attempted to retrieve it. To do!



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