William H. Morton, son of Washington and Emily (Jackson) Morton, both dec., was born in Floyd Co., Ind., July 15, 1845. The maiden name of his wife, to whom he was married in Washington Co., Ind., Feb. 20, 1870, was Mary Coats who was born there Dec. 28, 1852. Her father, Daniel Coats is dec., but her mother, who before marriage was Mary A. Jackson, is still living. Nine children were born to this marriage: John A., Harry F., Ida M., Lillie, Jennie, Fannie, Oliver P., Bessie and Marshall. Comrade Morton went into the army from the state of Indiana, being enrolled Feb., 1862, at New Albany, when a youth of fifteen years as a private in Co. G, 59th Ind. V.I., 1st 2d and 3d Brig., 3d Div., 14th and 17th A.C.† He was promoted through all the grades to 1st Sergt., and so served in the following engagements: New Madrid, Siege of† Corinth, Corinth, Forty Hills, Jackson, Champion Hill, Siege of Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta Campaign, Kingston and Grand Review at Washington. February, 1864, he was honorably discharged at Huntsville to re-enlist as a veteran, thus obtaining a veteranís furlough. In November, 1864, he was kept in hospital at Knoxville, with a wounded leg and crippled back until February, 1865. He was granted his final honorable discharge July 17, 1865, at Indianapolis, Ind.† His brother, John A., served in 23d Ind. V.I., and as Lieut. of Co. H, 23d Ind. V.I., and was wounded at Raymond and Champion Hill His grandfather, John Morton served in the bombardment of Baltimore and the patroling of the city and roads. His wife had two brothers in service, William in 81st Ind. V.I., and Henry in Co. G, 59th Ind. V.I.† Her great-grandfather Jackson served in the Revolutionary war. Comrade Morton is a member of Sanderson Post, 191, G.A.R., he is a farmer and nurseryman and his address is Galena, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
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