2882. Capt. William Henry Sackett, 1841–1864, of Hartford, Conn., son of (1160) Loren and Frances Ann Smith Sackett, was married to Mrs. Annie Williams (Summers), of Portsmouth, Va. The official record of his military service reads in part as follows:
"Wm. H. Sackett, first enlisted Apr. 25, 1861; mustered in as private Co. A, 3d Conn. Inf., May 11, 1861; mustered out Aug. 12, 1861. Mustered in as Second Lieut. Co. I, 11th Conn. Inf., Dec. 14, 1861; promoted to First Lieut., June 2, 1862; promoted to Captain, Oct. 22, 1862. Killed at Petersburgh, Va., June 18, 1864."
He was an active participant in the battles of First Bull Run. Newberne, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburgh, seige of Suffolk, Cold Harbor, Petersburgh, and several minor engagements. Colonel S. B. Horne, in an address delivered on battlefield of Antietam, on occasion of dedication of Connecticut state monument, said:
"One of our best and most loving captains was stricken down June 18, 1864. I refer to Captain William H. Sackett. . . . Upon this field, by his cool bravery and gallantry he was at once promoted. . . . He fell in the din of battle, a heroic leader among heroic men. We loved him because of his moral life, his excellent character and habits, his strict discipline, and cordiality of friendship. His military history illustrates a life of devotion to his country, fidelity to his oath of office, courage in the face of danger, and a noble example in the discharge of his duties."
—Weygant, The Sacketts of America