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Obituary 19 July 1923
WILLIAM HANSBERRY DIES IN HIS 86th YEAR
William Hansberry, Civil War veteran, passed away at the home of his son-in-law, Harry M. Elliott, 5346 Lena Street, July 11 and was laid to rest In Ivy Hill Cemetery on Saturday.Services at the house were conducted by Rev. Francis M. Wetherill Saturday afternoon. Seven comrades among the veterans of the G. A. R. were present and a firing squad of the Junior Sons of Veterans had charge of the final rites at the grave. Mr. Hansberry was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hansberry, and was born August 27, 1837, on Allens Lane; Mount Airy. At the age of 23, he enlisted in the three-month service, April 26, 1861, about two weeks after the firing on Fort Sumter, joining theTwentieth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, under Captain A S. Tourison. He was discharged from the three month service August 6, 1861, and reenlisted in the three-year service in the Twenty-eighth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. A short time previous to the battl e of Chancellorsville, he was among the ! five companies with-drawn from the Twenty-eighth Regiment to form the 147th Regiment.. After the battle of Gettysburg the 147th Regiment was transferred from the Army of Virginia to Sherman's Army, and Mr. Hansberry remained with that organization until discharged on September 26, 1864.
During his time as a soldier Mr. Hansberry participated in numerous battles, among them being Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge and possibly due to his small stature; being only about five feet six inches in height, he was fortunate enough to come through all of them without injury. On November 21, 1867, be was married to Miss Virginia McCarthy of Fairfax County, Virginia. It was thought by many of his friends and relatives that Mr. Hansberry met his future wife in Virginia at the time of the war. It was not so, as they met for the first time several months after the close of the war, in his own home on Allens Lane. They were married in Christ Episcopal Church, Tulpehocken and McCallum Sts., by the Rev. B. Atkins. On November 21, 1917, they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Mrs. Hansberry at the time of the war lived between the lines of the opposing forces close to Mount Vernon, the former home of Washington; and it was the habit of the girls to notify the men who were home, and who had formed an organization called the Home Guards, of the approach of rebel raiders, by going to the tops of their homes and blowing a horn. Those within hearing distance would do the same, and so the word was passed along for miles, enabling them to unite for mutual protection or getting word to the Union troops in time to frustrate the raiders' plans. Mr. Hansberry has been a member of Ellis Post, Grand Army of the Republic, for nearly fifteen years, and has always been one of those relied on to "turn out" with that organization for the Memorial Day exercises, other public occasions, health permitting. Mrs. Hansberry, 80 years of age, survives her husband and except for the shock occasioned by his months of illness and death, is in good health. Residence 4915 Wayne Ave.