William MíCory was born in Clark Co., Ind., July 6, 1839, and became a resident of Floyd Co., Ind., Jan. 25, 1878, having previously married, Nov. 17, 1869, in this county, Laurinda M. Kirk who was born in Frankfort, Ky., May 18, 1846, and passed away Jan. 12, 1887. Three children were the result of this union: Walter E. dec., Ida M. and Charles. Her parents, Harrison and Laurinda (Beers) Kirk, are now deceased. Comrade MíCory was by occupation a farmer when he began his military career, July 8, 1861, at New Albany, Ind., as a private in Co. I, 23d Ind. V.I., which was assigned to 1st Brig., 3d Div., 17th A.C. He was promoted to Corp. and 1st Duty Sergt., and so served in the battles of Shiloh, Thompsons Hill, Pt. Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Black River, Siege of Vicksburg, Quitman, Canton, Atlanta Campaign, Savannah, the Carolinas, Bentonville and the Grand Review at Washington, D.C.† Nov., 1861 he was ill with measles and was cared for in hospital at Paducah, Ky., for four weeks. He was honorably discharged from first enlistment to re-enlist as a veteran, February, 1864, at Hebron, Miss., in old command and was given a thirty day furlough. He was finally honorably discharged Aug. 27, 1865, at Louisville, Ky. He had three brothers in the war, John, Milton and Josiah; the first named belonged to 4th Ind. Cav., was captured and held in Andersonville prison for five months; Milton was also captured and immediately released on parole. His grandfather, Micajah Peyton served in the War of 1812 and took active part in the battle of Tippecanoe. His wife also had two brothers in service, William in Co. K, 23d Ind. V. I., and Richard in 22d Ind. V. I.† Comrade McCory is a son of Rufus and Eliza (Peyton) McCory, both of whom are deceased. He is a night watchman of the Woolen Mills and he is a resident of New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike