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EVANS, William W. (Sergt.)


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    Ebensburg Alleghanian, 12 Mar 1863, Page p3; c2, Contributed by Patty Millich

Sergt. William W. Evans

In the list of jewels which Cambria county had been called upon to offer up during the present war as a sacrifice to our outraged nationality the name of Sergt. William W. Evans occupies a conspicuous and brilliant position. Educated and intelligent with a mind well stored with useful knowledge high-toned and chivalric, - his future was seemingly bright and glowing. No braver or better spirit ever buckled on the panoply of justice and went forth to dare Traitors to the issue than he; none nobler died in defense of the principles he had espoused. In the early morning of life, 'ere his manly aspirations and dreams of worldly greatness had been nearly achieved, out from this tempestuous world of turmoil and trouble, he is gone! It were useless to attempt to draw a parallel of his beautiful life, for his history is already written in the hearts of those who knew him but to love him. He is gone! - and we drop a silent tear to his memory and encircle his name with a halo of glory which will last for all coming time.

Sergt. Evans was born in Ebensburg and was about 22 years of age at the period of his death. His widowed mother, brother and sisters still reside here. On the breaking out of the rebellion, he was among the first to enroll his name in the "Cambria Guards," for three years or during the war. He went out as a common soldier, but such was his worth and personal popularity that he was speedily promoted to a Corporalship and subsequently to a Sergeantship. He served with distinction during the entire campaign of his company up to the battle of Gaines' Hill before Richmond where he was slightly wounded. On this occasion he fell into the hands of the Rebels and underwent a captivity of some five or six weeks.

At the battle for Fredericksburg, after fighting long and gallantly he was severely wounded in the thigh. Here again, he fell into the hands of the enemy and nothing whatever was heard of him until, three or four weeks since, a letter written by himself was received by his friends here, stating that he was wounded and a prisoner, but recovering as rapidly as circumstances would admit and expressing the belief that he would be exchanged and sent to Washington shortly. Alas! His hopes were destined to be crushed in darkness; for the next news heard of him was the announcement of his death in Libby Prison, Richmond, January 28th. Away from friends and home - from all he held most dear he yielded his life on the altar of his country and went forth to claim the reward due those of whom it can be truly said, "Well done!" All that was mortal of him fills an unknown grave beneath the sanguinary soil of the Old Dominion; but happy thought! - although his presence has gone out from us, his influence remains forever,

"They never fail who die
In a great cause: the block may soak their gore;
Their heads may sodden in the sun; Their limbs
Be strung to city gates and castle walls -
But still their spirit walks abroad."

By profession, Sergt. Evans was a printer, in which capacity he imbibed a partiality for reading and composition. For a long time after his connection with the army, he acted as war correspondent for THE ALLEGHANIAN and the letters under the signatures of "W" and "E," were much admired for their terseness, vigor and descriptive power. He was of a kind affectionate disposition, cheerful and buoyant the life and light of his immediate circle. By this death a vacuum has been created, both at home in and in his company, which can never be filled.

May he rest in peace!

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