Pvt William Abrams, Co L, is one of those men who's early military service record is disputed and hard to follow.
Nichols simply says Abrams enlisted the 14th Conn Inf on 30 Sep 63, was wounded two weeks later on 14 Oct 63, was mustered out 18 Oct 65 to date 31 May 65.
Williams says that Abrams was a paid substitute, who after he was wounded and returned to duty in May 64 claimed to be a Confederate deserter. He with other former Confederates and others were assigned to the 1st Conn Cav, which at that time was being increased from a battalion to a regiment and was recruiting in Baltimore, MD.
Co G of the 1st Conn was recruited in Baltimore, and on 6 Apr 1865 it was redseignated 1st Independent Company Infantry of U. S. Volunteers which was the desigation for galvanized yankee units. According to the "Civil War Compendium," the company was ordered to Wis and Minn sometime after Aug 1864. Williams says that Abrams was sent to Minn in Jun 64.
However a company of the 1st Conn Cav formed from Confederate deserters was still serving with the regiment in Feb 1865. Some of these men were with 300 men of Custer's division under the division Chief of Staff and IG Lt Col Edward Whitaker whiich accompanied Sheridan's Chief of Scouts Maj Henry Young on the expedition which netted the Confederate guerrilla Harry Gilmor.
So was Abrams in another company sent off to Minn?
Did the 1st Conn Cav have more than one company of former Confederates?
Did Abrams remain in the East until early 1865/
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