Private William Luck, Company F.


From The Soldier's and Citizen's Album, pg. 550.

William Luck, of Oconto, Wis., and is member of G. A. R. Post No. 74, was born in 1840, in Beekmantown, Clinton Co., New York. He is the son of Samuel and Sallie (Lucia) Luck and his parents were natives respectively of Beekmantown and New York. Mr. Luck has one brother named George Nelson Luck. Addison Samuel is dead. The parents reside with the brother at Prescott, New York. Lucella is the only daughter.

Mr. Luck removed to Wisconsin before the civil war and enlisted Sep. 28, 1861, when be was at legal manhood. He enrolled in Company F, 12th Wisconsin Infantry, at Oconto for three years. He received honorable discharge at Natchez, Miss., Jan. 3, 1864, to enable him to re-enlist as a veteran which he did the following day. He received final discharge at Louisville, Ky., with the, regiment after the close of the war. Mr. Luck left the State Jan. 11, 1862, and was first in action in guerrilla warfare after endless marching and exposure and repeated assignments to expeditions which never materialized. Among them were the "Southwest" and after that they went to Kansas and there received orders to go to Tennessee. Again their orders were countermanded and they entered upon the work of repairing rail roads and scouting after bushwhackers. Again they started for the south to assist in the plans of Grant, but were again frustrated by the surrender of Murphy Holly Springs. Mr. Luck was in first regular battle at Coldwater when Grierson was entering upon his raid and afterwards moved with his regiment to take part in the siege of Vicksburg. He was there until the surrender of the city and went thence to Jackson. After re-enlisting, he was in the Meridian expedition and fought in the several actions of that movement. He fought at Bolton's Station, Baker's Creek, Brandon, Decatur, Enterprise and went back to Vicksburg. He was in another skirmish near Canton and afterwards took his veteran's furlough. On rejoining his regiment Mr. Luck, again had the pleasure of a long march, after which the command became a part of the army of Sherman and went to light in the actions at Kennesaw. At Bald Hill Mr. Luck was wounded in the left elbow and went to the hospital where he was held on sick leave a month and 10 days. He was furloughed and went home for two months when he rejoined his regiment and recommenced his business of marching. He was in many skirmishes, performed a large amount of guard, fatigue and forage duty, destroy railroads, waded swamps and scouted and skirmished until this engagements at Salkahatchie and Orangeburg. He was in another action at Cheraw and at Fayetteville and was in line of battle at Bentonville. He went to Goldsboro and after the surrender of Johnston went to Raleigh and went thence to Washington for the final scenes.

He returned to Oconto and in 1866 engaged in the business of a drayman in which he is still interested. He was married April 1, 1866, to Helen Donovan, of Oconto, and they have two children named Willie and Veronica. Mr. Luck is a reliable and honorable man and enjoys the confidence of his fellow men where he resides.