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6th Connecticut Infantry (USA)
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Name: William H DougalRank: Private Company: E

William H. Dougal, barely 17 years old and living in Naugatuck, Ct, enlisted in the 6th Ct Vol Infantry on Aug 23, 1861. He mustered in on Sept 4, 1861. Pvt Dougal was wounded and lost his right arm at the Battle of Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863. He was discharged on Nov 16, 1863. After the loss of his arm, William set out to master penmanship, bookkeeping, and telegraphy. He re-enlisted as a military telegraph operator and constructor and before the war ended, was in charge of a military line from Nashville, Tenn leading out into a guerilla infested area. He was discharged on Aug 23, 1865. He went on to be a trial magistrate in New Preston, CT and was Comander of Upton Post 14 and a GAR member for over 40 years. He was in the legislature of 1909-1910 and a member of the committee on military affairs where he lobbyed legislature for the benefit of the Soldiers' Home and State Aid for veterans and widows.

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