Mortimer Millard

Mortimer Millard was born on May 17, 1838, in Niagara County, New York or in Canada.

Mortimer’s parents were both born in England, and he had probably just moved from Somerset, Niagara County, New York, to Michigan when the war broke out.

In any case, he was 24 years and probably working as a farmer in Grand Rapids or Barry County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He was on detached service as of August 31, 1861, at Four Mile Run, Virginia, but by October he was sick in the Regimental hospital. Mortimer returned to duty and was wounded by a shell fragment in the neck on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia, and on May 12 was admitted from the field to Mt. Pleasant hospital, Washington, DC, with a shell wound in the anterior and right posterior of the neck and a bruise on the deltoid region of the arm. He was transferred on May 30 to a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was mustered out of service on June 20, 1864, in Detroit.

Following his discharge Mortimer settled in East St. Louis, Illinois, where he married Missouri native Virginia Lount (d. 1913) on September 12, 1864, and they had at least two children: a daughter Olli (b. 1862), Frank (b. 1865), Chloe (b. 1867), Edward (b. 1870) and William (b. 1879). (When he was admitted to the hospital in May of 1864 he listed his nearest relative as one S. N. Lount of Illinoistown, Illinois.)

By 1880 he was working as a lawyer and living with his wife and children in East St. Louis. Indeed, he probably lived out the remainder of his life in East St. Louis where he worked as a lawyer for many years. He was residing at 130 N. Main Street in 1903, probably in 1906 when he was granted a pension (no. 1,074,169) drawing $8.00 per month, and in 1913. In 1920 he was still living in East St. Louis, with his daughter Chloe,

He was drawing $50.00 per month on his pension in 1923.

Mortimer died on March 7. 1923, East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, where he was presumably buried.