William E. Goodwin
Civil War Information
Jo Daviess County, IL
Contributed by Lori Gilbert [Hazelbuck@aol.com]

William E. Goodwin ["Will"] was born about 1815/1819 in Missouri.
He died 5 Jan 1889 in Guilford Twp., Jo Daviess Co., Illinois.

During the Civil War William E. volunteered with the 96th Inf, Company F, Jo Daviess County Volunteers as a Private. He enlisted 13 August 1862 and was discharged 15 Sep 1863 in Chicago, disabled. He was 5' 10", light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. He filed a claim for disability and it was never approved. After several dispositions it was determined that he had shot himself in the foot and the disability was ruled to be self-inflicted. Widows Pension Information is at the National Archives [NARA] #WC419.506 - Missina Goodwin filed for a widow’s pension in Iowa page: 2495 on 11 APR 1890. A Special Examiner interviewed her and several other witnesses in June 1892. Her claim was denied. It was determined that she was never ‘legally’ married to William Goodwin since she was never able to prove her divorce from her first husband; William Johnson. Another request for a pension was filed by a congressman on her behalf in Feb 1892, butthere no record has been found of what became of that request.

Civil War :
Name: William E. Goodwin
Residence: Guilford, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 13 August 1862
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Illinois
Unit Numbers: 423, 423
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 13 August 1862
Enlisted in Company F, 96th Infantry Regiment Illinois [Jo Daviess County Volunteers] on 04 September 1862.
Received a disability discharge Company F, 96th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 15 September 1863

Battles Fought by unit during that time:



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