Willam H. Christian

William Henry Christian

9 April 1825 - 8 May 1887
Buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, NY.

from The New York Times, May 10, 1887:
 Gen. William H. Christian, one of the first
volunteers in the Union Army, died in the State
Lunatic Asylum in Utica, on Saturday morning. He
had been in the asylum since 1885, when his mind
became affected as a result of a sunstroke which
he received at the second battle of Bull Run, and
from which he never entirely recovered. Gen.
Christian was born in Utica, April 9, 1825, and at
the age of 21 enlisted as a private for service in Cal-
ifornia during the Mexican war. He was
promoted to the rank of Lieutenant during his
service, and upon returning East after the
close of the war engaged in civil engineering
until the breaking out of the civil war, when he
organized the Twenty-sixth Regiment of New-York
Volunteers, of which he was commissioned Colonel.
He reached the rank of Brevet Brigadier-General
after the second battle of Bull Run, which he re-
signed after the battle of Antietam, and, returning
to Utica, engaged in civil engineering until he was
placed in the asylum. Gen. Christian was one of
the founders of the Oneida Historical Society. He
leaves a widow and three children.

Maintained by Sue Greenhagen.
E-mail: greenhsh@morrisville.edu