CORPORAL WILLIAM WOOD WESTLAKE

January ? 1843 (Breesport, NY) – July 4, 1863 (Gettysburg, PA); 20 years old
Company A, 17th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers.
Enlisted August 9, 1862.
Promoted to Corporal June 4, 1863.
Wounded July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Died July 4, 1863. Contracted “traumatic tetanus” following amputation of right “thigh” leg.

From The Norwalk Sentinel, June 5, 1886

William W. Westlake died of wounds received at Gettysburg. He was an excellent young man, a member of the church and Sabbath school at the time of his enlistment. He was one of six young men upon whom Rev. D. R. Austin pronounced his benediction as they were going to the front, and of whom it was said that “he carried into the field the principles of the religion that he has espoused in his boyhood.” His father was with him when he died. His remains were brought to this city. Religious services were held here and he was buried in Union Cemetery, Norwalk His relatives have erected a stone monument to his memory in Pine Island Cemetery.”

Note–he was later reburied in Riverside Cemetery.

Buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk, CT; Section 10, Civil War Plot, Grave 10

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: