Biographical sketch of WILLIAM FIELDS from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 502-503
This prosperous farmer and highly respected resident of Wales township, St. Clair county, Michigan, was born in the state of New York, February 8, 1839, a son of Zachariah and Jane (Page) Fields, who came from England to America and settled in Herkimer county, New York, and there passed the remainder of life, engaged in farming.They had a family of four children, of whom Frank, the eldest, died in Libby prison, Richmond, Virginia, having been captured shortly after his enlistment in the New York Volunteer Infantry to serve in the Civil war; William, whose name opens this record, was the second born; John, a farmer in New York state, married a Miss Griswold; and Juliet, married to Christopher C. Jepson, a book seller.Zachariah Fields, the father of this family, died in New York state in 1884, but had lost his wife in 1867.
William Fields, the subject proper of this sketch, was married, in 1865, to Miss Mary J. Galarno, daughter of Elias and Mary A. (Parker) Galarno, who came from Canada to Wales township, St. Clair county, Michigan, in 1858.Elias Galarno, the pioneer, was a farmer by calling, but also did a great deal of hard work in the woods, felling the giants of the forest and making hoops, staves, etc.He served in the late Civil war from the fall of 1861 until its close, and also had two sons in the Union army who lost their lives in the service.In politics he was a Democrat.To William and Mary J. (Galarno) Fields have been born eight children, of whom the four younger died in early life, and the fifth, Zachariah, was called away at the comparatively young age of twenty-two years, he being at the time a banker in Missouri; Mary, the sixth child, is teaching school in the Oakman district, Greenwood township; Frank C. is an employe (sic) on the Grand Trunk Railroad and has his residence under the parental roof, and Myrtle, the youngest child, is also at the home of her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Fields are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics Mr. Fields takes an active interest in the work of the Republican party.William Fields, who has always been a farmer, came to Wells township, St. Clair county, Michigan, in 1856, was engaged in lumbering and stave and hoopmaking and other work in the forest until the call to arms in defense of the honor of the country’s flag, at which time he was the first man to enlist from the township.In the latter part of March, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Wilson of St. Clair, and for two months was drilled at Fort Wayne.This regiment was later dubbed the “Fighting Fifth,” and in achieving this distinction Mr. Fields took a full part, fighting at Yorktown, Virginia, Williamsburg and Fair Oaks.In the latter fight he was wounded in the right shoulder and in consequence was confined in hospital in Philadelphia for two months, but never fully cured.After convalescence, Mr. Fields was returned to his regiment, and with it took part in the following named engagements: second battle of Bull Run, Charlottesville, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Culpeper Court House and Gettysburg, a three-day fight, and on the second day of the engagement was wounded in the right lower limb and left shoulder.In consequence of these wounds Mr. Fields lay on the ground from the 2d of July until the 13th before he was placed in hospital, where he was confined several months.He was finally transferred to the Invalid Corps and was honorably discharged in November, 1863, and returned to his home in Wales township, his regiment having lost more men in battle than any other from Michigan during the same length of time.Later on Mr. Fields farmed in Ellsworth county, Kansas, for twelve years and then for nine years lived in Mountain Grove, Wright county, Missouri, where he had a son employed in a bank.Mr. Fields then returned to Wales township, St. Clair county, Michigan, where he still resides, being one of the county’s most honored citizens.
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