William Henry Sackett

(1841-1864)
FatherLoren Sacket (c 1805-1893)
MotherFrances Anne Smith (c 1811-1848)
William Henry Sackett, of Hartford, Connecticut, son of Loren Sacket and Frances Anne Smith, was born in 1841.1 He died aged 23 at Petersburg, VirginiaG, on 18 June 18641,2,3 and was buried at the Old North Cemetery, Hartford, ConnecticutG.4 He married at Portsmouth, VirginiaG, on 26 August 1863, Annie Summers.1,5
     William Sackett served as a Union soldier in the American Civil War, first in the 3rd Regiment, and later in the 11th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry. He was promoted to Captain in 1862. He fought in the battles of First Bull Run (1861), New Berne, South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburgh (1862), Suffolk (1863), and Cold Harbor and Petersburg (1864). He was killed in action at Petersburg.6,2,7,8
The official record of [William Henry Sackett's] 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
Sackett line7th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder
Appears inSacketts in the Military
ChartsLine 3a (American)

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "2882. William H. Sackett, b. in 1841, d. in 1864; m. Annie Williams."
  2. Register of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861–1865, United States Civil War, digital image, Ancestry.com, "Sackett, Wm H, Capt, Co I, 12 Conn V, d. 18 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, Va, killed in battle."
  3. Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Press of The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, Conn (1889), History of the Eleventh Regiment CV Infantry, 432, "Since May 1st [1864] the regiment had lost one-half its officers and over 400 men in action. Captain Sackett was killed June 18th." [Engagement before Petersburg, Va., June 15 to Aug 27, 1864].
  4. "Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629–1934", digital image, Ancestry.com, 20A:182, Burials, Old North Cemetery, Hartford, "Sackett, William H, Civil War, Capt. Co. I. 11th Ct., died June 18, 1864, age 23, sec B, lot 547."
    Veterans buried in Old North Cemetery, Hartford, Civil War, "Sackett, William H."
    29:1820, Hartford Courant, 29 Jun 1864, "Sackett, Capt. William H, Hartford."
  5. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003", digital image, Ancestry.com, Hartford Daily Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, 4 September 1863, "Marriages—In Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 26, Capt William Sackett of the 11th Conn. Vols, and Miss Annie Summers of Portsmouth. The Portsmouth "Old Dominion" speaks of Miss Summers as being beautiful, and the bridal presents singularly rare and superb."
  6. Website American Civil War database (National Park Service) (www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html).
  7. Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Press of The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, Conn (1889), History of the Third Connecticut Volunteers, 38, Infantry Company A (aka Rifle Company A), Privates, "Sackett, William H, of Hartford, enlisted Apr 25, '61, mustered May 11, '61, M. o. Aug 12, '61, next service: Capt. Co. I, 11th C.V."
  8. Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Press of The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, Conn (1889), History of the Eleventh Regiment CV Infantry, Company I, 462, Captains, "William H Sackett, of Hartford, enlisted Dec 14, '61, mustered Dec 31, (See Priv. Rifle Co. A, 3d CV) Must. 2d Lt. Pro. 1st Lt. June 2, '62; Capt. Oct. 27, '62. Killed June 18, '64, Petersburg, Va."
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