Bogardus, William H.

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William Bogardus


William H. Bogardus was born on June 30, 1845[1] [2] in Berne[3] to John I. Bogardus (B. June 7, 1805, D. June 8, 1880) and Mary E. Schultes (B. Mar 22, 1809, D. May 27, 1895).[1] He had an older brother Charles B. Bogardus.[3]


Before his service in the Civil War, William was working as a farmer.[3]

Military Service

Name: William H. Bogardus
Residence: Berne[4]
Place of Birth Berne, NY[4]
Date of Birth: 30 June 1845[4]
Names of Parents: John I. (Bogardus) and Mary Shultis[4]
Marital Status: Single[4]
Occupation: Farmer[4]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[4]
Enlistment Date: Dec 28, 1863[3]
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery
Company: Company M[3]
Captured at: Cold Harbor, VA
Captured on: 3 Jun 1864[3]
Imprisoned at: Salisbury, NC
Presumed Dead at: Salisbury, NC
Additional Remarks: He enlisted at age 18.[3] His brother Charles B. Bogardus also served in the Civil War in Co D of the 7th HA Regt and was killed the same day that William was reported missing.[3] "Was in the battle of Coal harbor June 3rd 1864 and taken prisoner and died in Sailsbury Prison N.C."[4]

Killed at Cold Harbor, VA on June 3, 1864[5]

Born in Berne on June 30, 1845, age 18, Farmer, Blue eyes, Dark hair, Light complexion, 6' tall.[6]

Sources Used: Heroes of Albany by Rufus Wheelwright Clark; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the year 1898;, American Civil War Soldiers; 1865 census, Berne, Albany Co., NY; Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


William died in the Civil War after having been taken prisoner at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864 and sent to the Salisbury prison in N.C.[2] The exact date of his death is unknown. Robert Keating in the book Carnival of Blood says that he was missing in action on June 3, 1864 at Cold harbor and that no further information is available.

Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Heroes of Albany

WILLIAM H. BOGARDUS was born in Bern, June 30, 1845. He enlisted in the Seventh Regiment, December 28, 1863, and was in the battle of Cold Harbor June 3, 1864. He was taken prisoner, and died in Salisbury prison, N. C.

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Clark, Rufus Wheelwright "Heroes of Albany: A Memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County" 1867
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  5. 1865 Additional for Berne, Albany Co., NY
  6. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases