We Honor you Private Theophilus W. Pinion 

At   age   22   Sergeant   William   H.   Sullivan   said   to   have   been   somehow   affiliated   with   the   Illinois   Regiment   in   June   1863   in   Chicago, Illinois.   He   had   come   to   Chicago   as   a   butcher   and   may   have   been   hired   by   the   Government   as   a   teamster   to   service   the   army. He   enlisted   as   an      infantry   soldier   in   White   House   Landing,   Virginia   on   June   6,   1864   and   was   credited   to   Madison,   Wisconsin. He was honorably discharged in November 1865 in Texas. Born   in   Philadelphia   about   1842-1849,   William   Sullivan   worked   as   a   cabinet   maker.   He   moved   to   Burlington   City   and   then   to Chicago where he worked as a butcher. As a soldier he served in the infantry. When   in   the   line   of   battle   on   the   morning   of   July   30,   1864,   he   claimed   to   have   been   wounded   by   an   enemy   missile   at   the explosion   of   the   mine   in   Virginia   called   the   Battle   of   the   Crater.   The   gunshot   permanently   destroyed   the   use   of   his   right   hand   at the third finger, where partial amputation was performed. After   weeks   of   preparation,   on   July   30   the   Federals   exploded   a   mine   in   Burnside’s   IX   Corps   sector   beneath   Pegram’s   Salient, blowing   a   gap   in   the   Confederate   defenses   of   Petersburg.      From   this   propitious   beginning,   everything   deteriorated   rapidly   for   the   Union   attackers.   Unit   after   unit   charged   into   and   around the   crater,   where   soldiers   milled   in   confusion.   The   Confederates   quickly   recovered   and   launched   several   counterattacks   led   by   Maj.   Gen.   William   Mahone.   The   break   was   sealed   off,   and the   Federals   were   repulsed   with   severe   casualties.   Ferrarro’s   division   of   black   soldiers   was   badly   mauled.   This   may   have   been   Grant’s   best   chance   to   end   the   Siege   of   Petersburg. Instead,   the   soldiers   settled   in   for   another   eight   months   of   trench   warfare.   Maj.   Gen. Ambrose   E.   Burnside   was   relieved   of   command   for   his   role   in   the debacle. Perhaps   because   he   could   not   read   or   write,   after   the   war,   he   was   obliged   to   require   the   help      of   a   claims   agent   who   deceptively   stole   his   bounty   and back   pay   certificate   for   money   owed.   Eventually   he   did   get   back   that   money.   However,   he   was   not   as   successful   in   securing   a   pension   that   he persistently   tried   to   obtain   for   over   20   years,   until   his   death.   Veteran   acquaintances   claimed   to   have   witnessed   his   battle   wounding.   It   did   not   help. Even   the   deposition   revelation   from   white   Burlington   City   shoemaker,   Sylvester   Abdill,   who   was   the   then   the   hospital   ward   master   where   Sullivan convalesced,   and   who   personally   remembered      veteran   William   Sullivan's   testimony,   there   were   two   soldiers   named   William   Sullivan   in   his   regiment. Both   were   sergeants   with   different   rankings.   The   army   could   only   account   for   one      with   medical   records   that   listed   a   different   wound   date   (November 20,   1864).   No   other   William   Sullivan   could   be   found   in   Galena,   Illinois   where   the   other   Sullivan   supposedly   resided   Frustrated,   William   Sullivan   could never prove his military identity.  There   was   no   mention   of   any   family.   Itappears   that   the   names   and   places   of   birth   of   his   parents   were   unknown.   After   the   war   he   suffered   from bronchial   asthma   and   rheumatism.   .   Rheumatism   or   joint   pain   may   have   been   associated   with   a   previous   episode   of   rheumatic   fever   that   could   have damaged   the   heart.   This   was   long   before   antibiotics   were   discovered   that   could   treat   such   conditions.   The   after   effects   of   rheumatic   fever   could   have left   him   with   heart   valve   damage,   neurological   problems,   swollen   joints,   and   a   fibromyalgia   syndrome.   21   William   Sullivan   died   March   20,   1895   at   age   53   years   from   heart   disease   after   a five- hour illness. His death certificate states that he was born in Pennsylvania, was a widower, and died at Mount Holly Hospital at age 53, having lived his last 50 years in New Jersey
  Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, ILL. INF.; At age 22 was with the Illinois Regiment in June 1863 in Chicago, Illinois.Died March 20, 1895 at age 53 years
We Honor you Sergeant William H. Sullivan
Copyright 1977-2015 Post 509 All Rights Reserved.© Design by R&H Cybertech Henry White Webmasterr Samuel D. Hayes Administrator Dr. Maureen Hogan Editor
781 Rancocas Road Po Box 123 08060  County ot  Burlington  Towship of  Westampton  City of  Mount Holly  State of  New Jersey  United States of America alpost509@msn.com  (1-609) 261 0163
Westampton Memorial American Legion Post 509