William D. Steele, Civil War Soldier
Soldier's Record, Town of Chicopee
William D. Steele
Born in Glasgow, Scotland,___Son of William Steele,___by occupation a Wood Turner,___Married,___at the age of 28 enlisted for three years in the 27th Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols.__Company G.__Mustered into service in September, 1861.___
In the Battle of Newbern he was wounded in the right hand. Furloughed about six weeks after that engagement, in consequence of the wound, and visited Chicopee.
With the above exception, he participated in every movement and duty with the regiment from the time of leaving their camp at Springfield until December 23, 1863. At that date he reenlisted for three years as a veteran volunteer in the same regiment. He received the prescribed furlough of 30 days, ending February 15th, 1864, and visited his family in Chicopee. During his second Enlistment, he participated in the operations at Bermuda Hundred, Drewry's Bluff and in the Engagement of Coal Harbor. In the latter battle, he was severely wounded in the calf of his right leg. He was first placed in Carver Hospital, Washington, where he remained four (4) days; was thence transferred to the hospital on David's Island, N.Y. harbor, from which, after confinement of three weeks, he was furloughed for thirty (30) days to visit his home. His wound becoming worse while at home precluded his reporting to hospital till 28 Nov. 1864. For a month he continued in David's Island hospital, then was transferred to Dale U.S. Gen. Hospital, Worcester, Mass., where he remained till discharge.
Discharged June 8, 1865. Received a pension because of wound of four (4) dollars per month.
Died in Chicopee April 6, 1890.