Friday, November 11, 2011

Honoring a Veteran in My Family Tree: William H. Swatzell

William H. Swatzell, my great-great-grandfather, was born in 1815 in Greene County, Tennessee.

On August 15, 1845, he married Eliza Jane Thompson in Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee. Eliza was born on December 26, 1825, in Greeneville, and was the eldest of 14 children of Absolum Bartley Thompson and Sarah Dodd.

William and Eliza Jane had 11 children, including my great-grandmother, Sarah Jane (Swatzell) Dunn.

William served as a Private in the 8th Regiment, Tenneseee Cavalry, Company B (Union). He was "captured by the enemy" at "Zalley Caffer" (difficult to read) on October 19, 1863.

On September 24, 1864, William died of scorbitus (scurvy) in Andersonville Prison. He is interred at Andersonville National Cemetery, grave #9719.

Thank you for your service, gg-grandpa William.

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Grave of William H. Swatzell (Andersonville, Sumter Co., Georgia). Digital Image. Photographed by Find A Grave volunteer Russ Ottens, February 4, 2008.

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The Path Traveled said...

Happy Veterans Day Mr. Swatzell and thank you for what you did for our country!
My family may have crossed your path, who knows...

Cheryl Cayemberg said...

Oh how tragic! To have been captured and died in prison leaving behind a wife and 11 children! What a strong family! Incredible service and sacrifice. Thank you for sharing.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thanks, Path and Cheryl. I can't imagine what a tragic ending that must have been to his life... and a tragic beginning for his family. I hope to learn more about him.