in Co E 11th NY
Died March 26, 1865
AE 11yrs (??)
Could he really have volunteered at age 11? I searched for more about William Corey, appalled that he might have been on the battlefield at such a young age. Youths were sometimes used as standard bearers, but could it be true? I found William Corey on the NY Division of Military and Naval Affairs register for the 11th NY Regiment here. It reads, COREY, WILLIAM.— Age, 38 years. Enlisted, February 18, 1862, at Bridgehampton; mustered in as private, Co. E, February 18, 1862, to serve three years; mustered out, February 20, 1865, at Memphis, Tenn. The number that looks like 11 today is actually 41. He mustered out of service and died a month later.
If you happen to be walking down Main Street in Bridgehampton, take the time for a walk through this cemetery. It is lovely and thought provoking. So many stories. What will be my story?
My challenge this summer is to live less selfishly, more selflessly.
To act with thoughtfulness and kindness.