Corey, William H., Pvt., Co. H, CT 7th Infantry

William H. Corey was born about 1817 in Connecticut.  He married Caroline E. WARES on November 24, 1844 at East Haddam, Connecticut.  Their eldest daughter, Caroline L. Corey, was born on November 8, 1848 at New London, Connecticut. She married William H. Lyman of East Haddam, Connecticut on August 5, 1865. She died January 14, 1913 and is buried in the Moodus Cemetery, Middlesex County, Connecticut. From this line descends a member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865

William H. Corey enlisted as a Private in Company H, Connecticut 7th Infantry Regiment on February 22, 1864. He was killed in action 3 months later on May 14, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia and is buried in the Old Cemetery, Eastford, Connecticut. His grave is marked with a flag and “1861-1865 Veteran” marker.

[Source: Application for DUV Membership]

William and Caroline had at least 2 other children, William D., born 1845, and Mary S., born 1850.  In August 1850, when the 1850 census was taken, the family was living in New London, Connecticut and William H. Corey listed his occupation as  ‘Joiner’. A joiner is a wood worker who cuts and fits joints in wood without the use of nails, screws, or other metal fasteners. Joiners usually produce items such as interior and exterior doors, windows, stairs, tables, bookshelves etc.

[Source: “1850 U.S. Federal Census,” New London, New London County, Connecticut., entry for Wm Corey. Database.  ( : accessed 4 Aug 2014), : accessed 4 Aug 2014]

The 7th Connecticut Infantry Regiment was organized at New Haven, Connecticut on September 13, 1861.  The unit’s principal engagements included: the Battle of Olustee, the Siege of Fort Pulaski, the Battle of James Island, Battery Wagner, the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, the Siege of Petersburg, the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm and the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. The Regiment, which numbered 1000 men, lost a total of 364 men: 11 Officers during service, 157 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 192 Enlisted men by disease.

[Source: : accessed 4 Aug 2014]

Researcher: mwmc/Aug 2014

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