Sackett, Gen. William

Sackett, Gen. William

Male 1839 - 1864  (25 years)

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  • Name Sackett, William 
    Prefix Gen. 
    Born 16 Apr 1839  Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jun 1864  near Trevillians, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Restvale Cemetery, Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I2822  Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Simon Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Father Sacket, William Augustus,   b. 8 Nov 1811, Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1895, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Thorne, Zayde E.,   b. 7 Jun 1812, Nassau County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1840, Great Neck, Nassau, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1835  New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • MARRIED
      In this city, on Saturday evening, 31st alt. by the Rev. Dr. Milnor, Mr. William A. Sackett, of Seneca Falls, Seneca County, to Miss Zayde E., second daughter of the late Nicolas Thorne, Esq., of Skeneateles, N.Y.
      New York Spectator, New York, NY Thursday November 5, 1835
    Children 2 children 
    Family ID F1195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sisselburger, Sarah Ann,   b. 13 Feb 1832, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1911, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 27 Nov 1862  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 25 Nov 1862 date taken from Anna's "Widow's Declaration for Pension" in which she states that her name before marriage was Mrs. Anna Amodier.
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      Married in Epiphany Parish, Washington D. C.; Rev. Carles B. Hall, Rector; recorded 27 Nov 1862. Name given as Anna Modio:
      "I Wm Pitt Shearman Gegister of Epihany Parish in the City of Washington, D.C. do hereby certify that the marriage of Colonel William Sackett with Anna Modio on the twenty seventh day of November, A.D one thousand eight hundred and sixty two is duly recorded in the Register of Marriages of said Parish, attested by the signature of the officiating clergyman, Rev. Chas B. Hall, D.D.
      Witness my hand and the
      Common Seal of the Vestry this
      Sixth day of August, A.D. 1864
      Wm Pitt Shearman
      Register"
    Col. William Sackett and his wife, Sarah
    Col. William Sackett and his wife, Sarah
    Picture of Col. William Sackett and his wife sold on EBay Jan-03-04
    Children 
    +1. Orton Sackett, Minnie,   b. Dec 1847, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1932, Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)  [Adopted]  [Birth]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F1201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1839 - Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Orton Sackett, Minnie - Dec 1847 - Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Nov 1862 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Jun 1864 - near Trevillians, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Restvale Cemetery, Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 3631. Colonel and Brevet Brig. General William Sackett, 1838-1864, of Seneca Falls and Albany, N., Y., son of (1452) Hon. William A. Sackett and Zade Thorn, was married to Anna Sisselberger. When the great civil war broke out he was practicing law at Albany, N. Y., having a short time previous been admitted to the bar. In December, 1861, he was commissioned Major of the 9th Regiment of New York Cavalry, and taking the field served with credit in several engagements in which that command participated. On June 27, 1862, his immediate superior, Lieutenant- Colonel Hyde, resigned and three days later Major Sackett was commissioned to fill the vacancy. On the 30th of the following May he was advanced to the Colonelcy of his regiment, with rank from March 15, 1863.

      It is stated in "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" that the cavalry pickets commanded by Colonel Sackett fired the first shot at the battle of Gettysburg. He subsequently led his command, in a gallant manner, in numerous engagements, including the battle of Trevilians Station, fought June 10, 1864. There he received a mortal wound and died inside of the enemy's lines some three days later. The report that he had been severely wounded and was in the hands of the enemy soon reached his wife, who immediately determined to make an effort to reach and care for him, not knowing that he was already dead when the report reached her. The following correspondence, copied from Official Records published by the War Department, tells in most emphatic terms of her devotion.

      City Point, Va., July 7, 1864.
      General R. E. Lee, Commanding Confederate Army,

      Mrs. Sackett, the wife of Colonel William Sackett, who was wounded on the 11th of June, near Trevilians Station, Va., is here in deep distress and feeling great anxiety to learn the fate of her husband. Colonel Sackett was left at a house some two miles and a half from the station, in charge of Surgeon Ray, U. S. Volunteers. If you can let me know the fate and present whereabouts of Colonel Sackett you will alleviate the anxiety of his wife and family. I will add that it always has and always will afford me pleasure to relieve the minds of persons in the south, having friends in the north, either by forwarding open letters to them or by ascertaining where they are, their condition, etc. Mrs. Sackett is very desirous that I should ask you for permission to visit her husband if he is still alive. She would not expect to go through Richmond, but would start from Alexandria, by private conveyance, if authorized to do so.
      U. S. GRANT,
      Lieut.-General.

      Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia,
      July 10, 1864.

      Lieut-General U. S. Grant, Commanding U. S. Armies,
      General:--Your letters with reference to Mrs. Wadsworth and Mrs. Sackett are received.
      I have directed inquiries to be made for the effects of the late General Wadsworth, and if they can be found will take great pleasure in restoring them to his widow. I have also taken measures to ascertain the condition and whereabouts of Colonel Sackett, and the information you ask shall be conveyed to you as soon as it can be ascertained. I regret, however, that it is not in my power to permit Mrs. Sackett to visit her husband at this time. The reasons that induce me to withhold my consent are applicable to the route she proposes to take, as indicated by you.
      Very respectfully, your obedient servant,R. E. LEE, General.

      A short time previous to his death, Colonel Sackett was awarded by Congress the honorary rank of Brevet Brigadier General of Volunteers. [Weygant pgs. 339-342]
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      William Sackett was originally a Sergeant Major of the 19th Illinois Volunteers and had enlisted at Chicago, IL on or about 22 Jun 1861 ["Widow's Declaration for Pension" of Mrs. Anna Sackett; dated at Evanston, Cook Co., IL on 22 Aug 1864]
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      "At a meeting held July 3, 1888, a committee of the Ninth New York Cavalry
      appeared before the board, and established to the entire satisfaction of those
      present that this regiment fired the first shot of July 1, 1863."

      The regiment was known as the "Westfield Cavalry" and was raised in the counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, and St. Lawrence, and Warren County PA. It was organized at "Camp Seward" (the county fairgrounds) in Westfield NY and mustered in from September 9 to November 19, 1861.

      Colonel William Sackett commanded the regiment at Gettysburg, taking
      command after the first Colonel, John Beardsley, resigned after being
      forced out of the service in March 1863. Sackett was born in Seneca Falls
      NY on April 16, 1839. He had been a lawyer in Chicago at the start of the
      war. He was mortally wounded on June 11, 1864 in the battle at Trevilian
      Station VA and died three days later. The GAR Post No. 234 in Westfield
      NY would later be named the "William Sackett Post" in honor of their slain
      regimental commander. The reverse of the regiment's monument at
      Gettysburg features a bronze medallion bust of Sackett.

      Of the unit's 425 troopers at the battle, two were killed, two were wounded, and seven were missing. The troopers carried Sharps and Smith single-shot carbines, and .44 caliber Colt revolvers.
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      Year: 1850; State: NY; County: Seneca; Township: Seneca Falls
      Roll: M432_597 Page: 309
      2691/****
      Sackett, William 11 m -- NY
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      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11626579
      William H. Sackett
      Birth: 1840
      Death: Jun. 14, 1864
      Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. The son of U.S. Congressman William Augustus Sackett, he enlisted in the 9th New York Volunteer Cavalry in November 1861 and was commissioned Major. With the 9th Cavalry, he participated in battles to include, Gainesville, Bull Run, Antietam, Chantilly, Brandy Station and was promoted Colonel in command of the regiment. While leading the 9th in a charge under General Sheridan at Trevillian Station, Virginia, on June 11, 1864, he was mortally wounded and died three days after. After the action, Sackett's wife Anna, went to General Grant's headquarters to request a flag of truce to cross General Lee's lines for permission to retrieve Sackett's body. She was refused permission to cross the lines and his body was not recovered. He was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on March 13, 1865. On July 1, 1888, the 9th Cavalry Regiment Monument was dedicated at the Gettysburg Battlefield and features a bronze medallion bust of Sackett in honor of their slain regimental commander. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

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      Burial:
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      Maintained by: Find A Grave
      Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
      Record added: Aug 28, 2005
      Find A Grave Memorial# 11626579
      Pictures added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 2), 27 Dec 2018.
      Memorial ID 11626579
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11626579

      William H. Sackett
      Birth 16 Apr 1839
      Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York, USA
      Death 14 Jun 1864 (aged 25)
      Trevilians, Louisa County, Virginia, USA
      Burial
      Restvale Cemetery
      Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York, USA

      ivil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. The son of U.S. Congressman William Augustus Sackett, he enlisted in the 9th New York Volunteer Cavalry in November 1861 and was commissioned Major. With the 9th Cavalry, he participated in battles to include, Gainesville, Bull Run, Antietam, Chantilly, Brandy Station and was promoted Colonel in command of the regiment. While leading the 9th in a charge under General Sheridan at Trevillian Station, Virginia, on June 11, 1864, he was mortally wounded and died three days after. After the action, Sackett's wife Anna, went to General Grant's headquarters to request a flag of truce to cross General Lee's lines for permission to retrieve Sackett's body. She was refused permission to cross the lines and his body was not recovered. For his service, he was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on March 13, 1865. Thus after the war, Sackett's family indeed recovered his body and he was interred with full military honors at Restvale Cemetery, Seneca Falls, New York. On July 1, 1888, the 9th Cavalry Regiment Monument was dedicated at the Gettysburg Battlefield and features a bronze medallion bust of Sackett in honor of their slain regimental commander.

      Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

      Researched by Ted Smith


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