Henderson County, Kentucky Veteran

William Edward Labrey

William Edward LABREY was born at New Albany, Indiana, June 9th 1844. He is the son of Edward LABREY and Theresa PALMER.

He was one of the first to volunteer his services to the support of the Union at the breaking out of the late war, and was mustered into the 38th Indiana Regiment at New Albany, on the 17th day of June 1861. His regiment was assigned to SCRIBNER'S Brigade, General ROUSSEAU'S Division, Army of the Cumberland.

At the noted and terrible battle of Perryville, Mr. LABRY served as Ordinance Master and was placed in charge of an ordinance train. While there, in the discharge of his duty, he was wounded in the left side and was given a six months' leave of absence.

He afterwards was appointed Wagon Master of the 14th Army Corps, General WALCOTT commanding.

Prior to WALCOTT, the 14th Corps was commanded by General George H. THOMAS, so distinguished for his fighting pluck and splendid military judgment. Mr. LABREY participated in many battles and skirmishes, notably Perryville, Chickamauga, and Kennesaw Mountain.

At Chickamauga he was the second time wounded while trying to rally a wagon train. For all this, the Government has recognized his services by placing his name upon the pension rolls - a recognition worthily bestowed. Three months after the close of the war - in 1865 - Mr. LABREY was in charge of one of the largest Government Wagon Posts.

June 15th 1865 at New Albany, he married Minnie GILCHRIST and this union has been blessed by the birth of seven children.

History of Henderson County, Kentucky by E. L. Starling, Pages 726 - 727

Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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