Biography of William Holden
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Holden, William, son of John W. and Elizabeth (Brown) Holden, and grandson of John Holden, of Lansing, was born in Lansing, November 26, 1838. Until of age he lived on the home farm, and when twenty two years old he went to Illinois to work. December 22, 1861, he enlisted in Co. H, 10th Ill. Inf. for three years. He served with his regiment through seven engagements; first, at the siege of New Madrid, Mo., while in the Army of the Mississippi, and the capture of 3,000 prisoners near Tiptonville, Ky., by his regiment 600 strong after a forced march; the supporting troops came up the next morning in time to guard these prisoners, who were gathered from the woods where they were driven the night before. Then being transferred to the Army of the Tennessee, he participated in the siege of Corinth, Tenn. In the fall of 1862 he was transferred to the Army of the Cumberland, where he performed the greater part of his service; was at the defence of Nashville, Tenn., Resaca, Ga., and other points of importance; he was also with Sherman on his famous march to the sea. Our subject endured many hardships and forced marches in the States of Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. While not wounded in battle, he was seriously injured by being accidentally struck with an ax, which kept him in hospital four months; later he was in the hospital service, but on recovery he rejoined the ranks and served with credit until he was mustered out at Savannah, Ga., at the expiration of his term of service, December 27, 1864, and returned to Tompkins county. On the 9th of March, 1865, Mr. Holden was married to Catherine E., daughter of Peter Howser, of Lansing, and they have three children. They lived four years in Groton, then five years in Lansing, but in 1874, he bought the old Miller or Peck farm in Groton, where he has since lived.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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