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SERGEANT, William, son of Hon. John Sergeant, a distinguished jurist of Pennsylvania, was born 1829, in the city of Philadelphia. He graduated from Princeton College in 1847; studied law under Benjamin Gerhard, and admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1850: he held a prominent position at the bar, and was for a time a representative in the State Legislature. On the breaking out of the Rebellion he was commissioned captain of the Twelfth, infantry, U.S.A.; afterwards colonel of the Two Hundred and Tenth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers: on March 31, 1865, he was wounded in his thigh by a ball while resisting an attack of the enemy on the White Oak road, near the Boynton plank-road, in front of Petersburg, Va., from which he died on board of the hospital boat, while on his way home, April 11, 1865; he was a gentleman of marked ability and a gallant officer. Colonel Sergeant married, November 8, 1853, Eliza Lawrence Espy, who survives, daughter of James Snodgrass Espy and his wife Mary H. Pollard. Their children were Mary, Margaretta, married Alexander James Dallas Dixon, Louisa, married John C. Kunkel, Jr., John, died in infancy, Sarah Haly, and Eliza, married William Heyward Meyers.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 24 Feb 2001

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