This collection contains a photocopied letter, photographs, a timeline and a transcription from Pvt. William Hardy Search
during the Civil War.
Private William Hardy Search, Army of the Potomac (12/8/1840 - 1/2/1880) was born in Ohio to Lot V. Search and Eleanor A.
Plews. At age 18, Search enlisted in the Union Army on March 8, 1861 in Lafayette, Indiana. He was a Private of Company A,
15th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry as a Teamster or a driver of a supply train of horses or mules. One June 22, 1863
Search was medically discharged due to partial anaurosis of both eyes in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Search married Mary A. L.
McIlherin (1856-1878) on November 22, 1874 in Christian County, Illinois. Soon after, they had a son, William F. Search on
February 16, 1876. On April 10, 1878 Mary died of puerperal fever leading to Search marrying Mary's sister, Cynthia McIlherin
on November 11, 1878. In December of 1879 Search was run over by a train, resulting in his foot being amputated on December
21, 1879. A few days later on December 29, Search had to have his entire leg amputated. Search died January 2, 1880.
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