OBITUARY. GEN. WILLIAM GURNEY. Gen. William Gurney, of Charleston, S.C., whose death took place in in this City yesterday, was born at Flushing, Long Island, in 1821. He was of Quaker extraction. He came to this City in 1837, and obtained employmentas a clerk in the wholesale establishment of A.N. Brown, in Dey-street. He became a junior partner of Mr. Brown, and after- ward the head of the firm of Gurney & Underhill, which succeeded the old firm. He always took an active interest in the Militia in this City, and was originally a member of the Eighth Regiment. At the outbreak of the rebellion he was a First Lieu- tenant in the Seventh Regiment, which he accom- panied during its three months' term of service. On his return to this City he accepted a Cap- tain's commission in the Sixty-fifth Regiment, New- York Volunteers, commanded by Col. John Cochran. In 1862 he was appointed Assistant Inspector-Gen- eral and Examining Officer on the staff of Gov. Mor- gan, in which position he was required to pass upon the qualifications of persons applying for commis- sions in the regiments of this State. In July of that year he received authority to raise a regiment, and in 30 days recruited the One Hundred and Twenty- seventh New-York Volunteers, at the head of which he returned to the front. Later on in the same year he was assigned to the command of the Second Brigade in Gen. Abercrombie's Division. In 1864 he joined the command of Gen. Q.A. Gillmore, who was then operating on the South Caro- lina coast. He was severely wounded at Denoe's Neck, near Charleston, in December, 1864, and was sent North for medical treatment. On his recovery he was assigned to duty as Commander of the post at Charleston, and returned to that city. He was promoted for gallantry in action to the rank of Brigadier-General. Gen. Gurney returned to this City in July, 1865, when he was mustered out of the service. He then went back with his family to Charleston, where he established himself as a mer- chant and cotton factor. He continued to reside there until about a year ago, when he came North on account of his health. In 1870 Gen. Gurney was ap- pointed Treasurer of Charleston County. He was a member of the Electoral College in 1872 from South Carolina, and was the Commissioner from that State in the Centennial Exposition. Gen. Gurney was one of the originators of the Five Points Mission in this City, and one of the founders of Continental Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. He was a member of Adelphi Chapter and Morton Commandery, and also a member of the Veteran Association of the Seventh Regiment. He was a gentleman of genial spirit and strict integrity, and had a large circle of warm per- sonal friends.