G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
99th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: Summer 1862 Pike Co. IL
Mustered In: 8/2/62 Florence, Pike Co., IL
Mustered Out: 7/31/65 Baton Rouge, LA
The 99th, a three-year “western theater” unit left for St. Louis, MO almost immediately following Federal muster thus making it “the first regiment out of the state under the call of ’62.” Thereafter it was engaged in a skirmish at Bear Creek and the battle of Hartville where 36 of its number were killed or wounded.
In April 1863 the regiment crossed into Mississippi where it fought at Port Gibson, Champion’s Hill, Edwards’ Station, and Black Hill. In May the 99th took a prominent part in the assault at Vicksburg losing out of 300 men, 103 killed and wounded.
At a critical time in this operation the united opened a heavy fire which drove the enemy back into his works most likely saving the entire Federal division from stampede. In this entire campaign the 99th lost 253 killed, wounded and missing. Activities in the Louisiana Bayou Teche campaign and the battle of Grand Coteau were followed by movement into Texas where the regiment remained throughout the winter and into the spring of ’64.
During the summer of 1864 the 99th preformed garrison duty along the Mississippi before moving to Memphis, TN where, in the late fall, it was consolidated into a battalion of five companies. In the spring of 1865 this 99th “Consolidate” Infantry unit participated in actions that lead to the investment and capture of Mobile, AL before receiving final muster.
Residence: Bedford, IL Age: 18.6 yrs.
Enrolled: 8/12/62 Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 7/31/65 Baton Rouge, LA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
William P. Pease was born in Illinois 1/21/44 to John and Mary Pease. No additional information is available on his birth family. In 1862 the young, 5’7”, fair completed farmer entered the U.S. Army. Available records reflect only one brief period of absence from his unit due to an undisclosed illness. His company transfer resulted from the consolidation of his regiment.
Although details are sketchy, three aspects of William’s life following the war are known. First, he married twice. Secondly, he became a minister, and thirdly, he lived in a number of locations, gradually moving from Illinois to Washington. In terms of marriage, we know that on 8/4/78, in Illinois, William married Nancy Catherine Bucy (b. OH circa 1858). Although she had not been married, William had previously wed.
A death certificate from Fulton Co. IL noted his first wife, Mary Susan, died in or near Astoria (IL) 2/12/78 at the age of 29 ½ years. Cause of death was a lung-related ailment. William’s 1912 Snohomish County Tribune obituary noted his being survived by “ten sons and daughters.” It is probable that William and Mary produced six of these children. However, no names or birth dated are available.
The 1910 Washington State census noted Nancy (age 54) had four children with four living. The names of two were listed in conjunction with the Pease family: Mable L. age 30 (b. 2/29/80), and Charles D. age 18 (b. circa 1892). In terms of William’s post war occupation, it appears that being a “man of the cloth” ran in the Pease family. An interesting side note of William’s second marriage is that the service was performed by Frederick P. Pease, a “minister of the gospel.” It is not known if this was William’s brother or, perhaps, a cousin.
As for William, a Congregational minister, he reportedly served in “Successful pastorates in the Middle West” before moving to Washington (most likely in the early 1900s.) His obituary read, in part, “he came to Granite Falls, where he served…. for one year. He was then pastor of the Leavenworth church for four years; then at Maltby and several other churches, after which he retired to a small ranch near Snohomish where he spent the last two years.” It is highly likely the great number of post war moves the Pease family made within Illinois followed by NB, NV, and, finally Washington, were prompted by his changing pastorates and, ultimately, to be near adult children and their families.
William P. Pease died in Seattle’s Pacific Hospital 12/15/12. Cause of death as listed: “cancer of the stomach and prostate (carcinoma). Contributory: (Operation) on prostate to relieve retention.” The Union vet was aged 68 yrs., 10 mos., and 9 dys. At the time of his death William was receiving a government disability pension of $24 per month. Nancy Pease petitioned to keep receiving the pension, but it appears her request was denied. She died 8/25/34 at age 78.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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