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William Webb, An African American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut

William Webb Resources

State v. William R. Webb and Cyrus Freeman (Nov. 1855)

William Webb and Cyrus Freeman were charged with burglarizing the store of Selden Hare of Stafford on May 1, 1855. Freeman plead guilty and was sentenced to one year in the state prison. Webb broke out of jail before witnesses could testify. His case, now called State v. William R. Webb (Feb. 1856), was nolled in the February 1856 court session but reopened in the September 1856 court session after he had been rearrested, in a case called State v. William R. Webb (Sept. 1856.)

State v. William R. Webb (Feb. 1856)

William Webb broke out of jail before witnesses could testify in the burglary case of State v. William R. Webb and Cyrus Freeman. His case, now called State v. William R. Webb (Feb. 1856), was nolled in the February 1856 court session. After he was rearrested, the case was reopened in the September 1856 court session, in a case called State v. William R.  Webb (Sept. 1856.)

State v. William R. Webb (Sept. 1856)

William Webb was charged with burglarizing the store of Selden Hare of Stafford on May 1, 1855. The case was originally brought before the court in the November 1855 session as State v. William R. Webb and Cyrus Freeman. Webb broke out of jail before witnesses could testify. The case against Webb, now called State v. William R. Webb (Feb. 1856), was nolled in the February 1856 court session. After being rearrested, Webb was again charged with the burglary as well as with breaking jail. He plead guilty to both charges and was sentenced to two years in the state prison.

State v. William R. Webb. Warrants for commitment to prison (Sept. 1856)

Warrants for the commitment of William Webb to the Connecticut State Prison for the crimes of burglary and breaking jail. 1856 Sept. 11

Julia E. Webb Divorce Petition and Judgment (Apr. - May 1858)

Petition for divorce filed by Julia E. (Douglass) Webb against her husband, Riley Webb, alias William R. Webb in New Haven Superior Court. They were married on November 20, 1853. William deserted her on November 20, 1854.

Enlistment Record of Private William R. Webb, (Dec. 22, 1863)

William Webb's enlistment record, from State Archives Record Group 13, Records of the Military Department, Series 169A, Connecticut National Guard, Civil War Colored Regiments, Enlistment Papers, N-Z, 1863-1864, Box 2

William Webb’s Marriage Record (March 12, 1864)

William Webb married Augusta E. Madison on March 12, 1964. From State Archives Record Group 13, Military Records, New Series, 29th Regiment CV original discharge papers, Box 15

William Webb’s Discharge Papers (March 9, 1865)

William Webb was discharged March 9,1865 from McKnight Hospital, New Haven. From State Archives Record Group 13, Military Records, New Series, 29th Regiment CV original discharge papers, Box 15

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