William H. Boyd

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Collection Helen Crary
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description albumen print on card mount of William H. Boyd.
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Year range to 1861
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 20408
Notes Full standing view of William H. Boyd, Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (Iron Brigade) wearing regulation dress blue uniform consisting of frock coat, trousers, black felt uniform hat with infantry bugle, "E" and "2", standing by column.
William Henry Boyd was born in a log cabin at Stony Beach in the town of Black Wolf, Winnebago County on July 10, 1840. He was a son of William Alfred and Laura (Ford) Boyd and a brother of Edgar Charles Boyd from a previous sketch. He was listed as the first white male born in Winnebago County. The cabin belonged to Chester Ford, one of the original settlers of the county. He was William's maternal grandfather. William was listed in the 1860 federal census as residing with his parents in the town of Black Wolf. He listed his residence as Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted on April 21, 1861 in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Standing over 5'4" tall, he had grey eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion. William was promoted to Corporal in that company on January 1, 1863. He was wounded by a rifle ball on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The bullet struck him just below the hip, traveling through the leg and shattering the bone. He laid on the field for several days until picked up by members of the hospital corps. He was confined to a temporary hospital in the courthouse at Gettysburg until November. William was transferred to York, Pennsylvania and was discharged there on April 18, 1864 due to his wounds. Several inches of bone were taken out of the right leg before it was set, which left him with a permanent limp and a continually draining wound. On returning to his home in Oshkosh, William was elected as city treasurer for one term and then was engaged in the grocery, feed and flour business on Main Street. He was listed in 1868 as a grocer and partner in the firm of Boyd & Watner. He was boarding at 18 Church Street in the city of Oshkosh. William was married on June 5, 1876 to Mary Elizabeth "Libbie" Barden. She was born at Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County and was a daughter of William Barden. They had two sons, Clyde B. and Roy, one born May 30, 1878 at Oshkosh. William was listed at P.O. Oshkosh in 1883 and receiving a pension of $18 per month for a wound to his right thigh. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. William was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh and suffering from a wounded hip joint as a result of his military service. He opened a box company at Oshkosh in 1891. William died in Oshkosh in 1914.
Object ID P2000.18.3
Object Name carte de visite
People Boyd, William H.
Place Washington, DC
Print size H=4 W=2 1/2 in
Subjects Civil War
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Title William H. Boyd
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