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William Collins 2nd

At age 18, William Collins the Second was born in Albion, NY in September 1843. He enlisted as a Private in Company G, 28th NY, in May 1861.
He was promoted to Corporal on February 22nd 1862. On August 9th 1862 he was captured at Cedar Mountain, along with a large number of men from the regiment, and was paroled a month later on September 13th 1862. When the regiment reorganized in December 1862, he was promoted to Sergeant with Company G.
Mr. Collins was again captured at Chancellorsville on May 2nd, 1863. He was kept at Libby Prison in Richmond until he was paroled on May 14th, 1863. He mustered out with the regiment on June 2nd 1863.
However, his experiences had not removed his desire to see the Union restored and he subsequently reenlisted with the 16th NY Cavalry and Company L of the 2nd New York Mounted Rifles.
He is buried in Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion, Orleans County, NY along with his wife. Their marker stones read as follows:
Mar. 17, 1904
Age 61 Years
Member of
Co. G. 28th N.Y. Inf.
Wife of
William Collins
Died June 16, 1902
Aged 62 Years
Mount Albion is another huge cemetery. The various sections are named after trees and a very good map of the cemetery can be found at the main entrance. Within the cemetery Mr. and Mrs. Collins are buried in the Arbutus section in plot number 51.
The pictures of the individual stones did not come out well due to the texture on the surface, so we’ll just post a picture of both stones.
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