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Obituary 19 July 1923
WILLIAM HANSBERRY DIES IN HIS 86th YEAR
William Hansberry, Civil War veteran, passed away at the home of his son-in-law,
Harry M. Elliott, 5346 Lena Street, July 11 and was laid to rest In Ivy Hill
Cemetery on Saturday. Services at the house were conducted by Rev. Francis M.
Wetherill Saturday afternoon. Seven comrades among the veterans of the G. A. R.
were present and a firing squad of the Junior Sons of Veterans had charge of the
final rites at the grave. Mr. Hansberry was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
Hansberry, and was born August 27, 1837, on Allens Lane; Mount Airy. At the age
of 23, he enlisted in the three-month service, April 26, 1861, about two weeks
after the firing on Fort Sumter, joining the Twentieth Regiment of Pennsylvania
Volunteers, under Captain A S. Tourison. He was discharged from the three month
service August 6, 1861, and reenlisted in the three-year service in the
Twenty-eighth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. A short time previous to the
e of Chancellorsville, he was among the !
five companies with-drawn from the Twenty-eighth Regiment to form the 147th
Regiment.. After the battle of Gettysburg the 147th Regiment was transferred
from the Army of Virginia to Sherman's Army, and Mr. Hansberry remained with
that organization until discharged on September 26, 1864.
During his time as a soldier Mr. Hansberry participated in numerous battles,
among them being Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain and
Mission Ridge and possibly due to his small stature; being only about five feet
six inches in height, he was fortunate enough to come through all of them
without injury. On November 21, 1867, be was married to Miss Virginia McCarthy
of Fairfax County, Virginia. It was thought by many of his friends and relatives
that Mr. Hansberry met his future wife in Virginia at the time of the war. It
was not so, as they met for the first time several months after the close of the
war, in his own home on Allens Lane. They were married in Christ Episcopal
Church, Tulpehocken and McCallum Sts., by the Rev. B. Atkins. On November 21,
1917, they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Mrs. Hansberry at the time of
the war lived between the lines of the opposing forces close to Mount Vernon,
the former home of Washington; and it was the habit
of the girls to notify the men who were home, and who had formed an
organization called the Home Guards, of the approach of rebel raiders, by going
to the tops of their homes and blowing a horn. Those within hearing distance
would do the same, and so the word was passed along for miles, enabling them to
unite for mutual protection or getting word to the Union troops in time to
frustrate the raiders' plans. Mr. Hansberry has been a member of Ellis Post,
Grand Army of the Republic, for nearly fifteen years, and has always been one of
those relied on to "turn out" with that organization for the Memorial Day
exercises, other public occasions, health permitting. Mrs. Hansberry, 80 years
of age, survives her husband and except for the shock occasioned by his months
of illness and death, is in good health. Residence 4915 Wayne Ave.
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