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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

William King Copeland
Contributed by Roselyn (Mills) Wells

Thursday, September 21, 1911 Waterloo Press

WILLIAM COPELAND DIES  FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN ACCIDENT  HONORED SOLDIER - CITIZEN  SPENT A LIFE OF USEFULNESS AND DIES TRIUMPHANTLY IN PAIN  William K. Copeland was born March 30, 1839, to Patterson and Susannah Copeland in Columbiana county, Ohio, and was very suddenly called from this life through a painful accident at Waterloo, Ind., Sept 15, at eight o'clock in the morning, aged 72 years, 5 months, and 15 days.  He spent his boyhood days at the country home of his parents with the routine duties that usually fell to a lad in those early western farming days.  But with the word that Mayor Anderson had been compelled to surrender Fort Sumter flashed across the country followed by the appeal of President Lincoln for 75,000 volunteers, Comrade Copeland, with 300,000 other boys, answered the call and went forth singing, "We are coming Father Abraham 500,000 strong."  His ninety day enlistment extended from April 27, 1861 to Aug. 13, of the same year being a member of Company C., 14th Vol. Inf. Returning home he remained there until stirred by the needs of his country his patriotic spirit pledged itself to a three years service to his flag.  This time he enlisted as a private in Co., C., 100th Reg't. O.V.I. 2st Brigade 3d Division, 23d Corps. Army of the Ohio.  This enlistment began August 7, 1862 and he was mustered out with his regiment at the close of the war, June 20, 1865, and making a total of over three years service devoted to the defense of his country and of his flag.  With his regiment Comrade Copeland was engaged in the following battles; Limestone Station, Tenn.; Rocky Face Ridge, Ga.; Resacca, Ga.; Dallas, Ga.; Kenesaw Mt., Ga; Utoy Creek, Ga.; Siege of Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia, Tenn.; Franklin, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Town Creek, N.C.; and Wilmington, N.C.  It will be seen by this last that this soldier boy who has just so recently been mustered out of life's battles was one of those thousands of silent heroes without which that grand old fighter, George H. Thomas, could not have won the battles that history now so greatly honors him with.  Returning home he took up the peaceable avocations of life and has lived a life that has proved to the world, as many other boys in blue have done, that our most loyal citizens are to be found among the men who wore the blue and are now recognized by the button of bronze.  On Feb. 18, 1866, our brother Copeland was married to Mary McCafferty Culbertson who was the widow of a soldier who lost his life in one of the battle of the Civil War.  Their marriage took place in Bryan, O., and here their family of seven children were born.  After continuing their residence for some twenty years they removed to a farm near Butler, Ind.  After several years on the farm Brother Copeland found his age and health were against his strenuous work so he removed to Waterloo about 11 years ago, where he (was) known as a good representative citizen.  Of his family one daughter died in infancy. The other six who remain are George B., of Montpelier, Ohio; Harry E., Denver, Colo.; Howard of California; James O. of Butler, Ind.; Mrs. Wilmetta Hanes, of Pawnee Rock, Kan..; and Jennie of Waterloo.  Brother Copeland came of a family of twelve children, one of those large families that formerly graced our stalwart settler's homes.  The following brothers and sisters tarry behind awaiting the reunion beyond the veil of time, James of Montpelier, O.; Mrs. Mary Bowman, Medina, Ohio; Mrs. Huber Norris, J. W., G. F. and Mrs. Jennie Ramsey, all of Milport, O.; Mrs. Susan Brandon, of Hillsdale, Mich.; and Mrs. Maggie Chain.; of Kensington, O.  Shortly after his marriage, with his companion, he joined the Reformed church and removing to a place where there was no church of his denomination they together united with the Presbyterian church.  After moving to Waterloo he was detained at home a great part of the time on the account of an affliction in the home and had thus never removed his membership to this city.  He was held in high esteem by his comrades in arms and by his wide acquaintance of friends.  His wife told the writer that he was a most kind hearted and thoughtful husband and our wives are most capable of knowing us as we are.  He always espoused his belief in God and to him we commend this brother, this husband, this father, this comrade, this neighbor, this friend, trusting we shall someday meet him in God's own city above.  Comrade Copeland was admitted to membership in Post 52, G.A.R. by transfer from the Butler Post, soon after he took up his residence in Waterloo and remained a loyal member until his death.  The funeral, conducted by Rev. G. H. Hubbartt, of the M. E. church, under the auspices of Post 52, was held in the Presbyterian church in Waterloo at 10 o'clock a.m. Monday, Sept. 18.  About 25 of his comrades marched to the late residence and escorted the cortege to the church.  Six members of the post, F. C. Waterman, F. H. Baidler, A. W. Wherley, Phil Plum, J. P. McCague, and John Lightner were detailed as pall bearers.  Four comrades, C. R. Reed, F. N. Beidler, Robt. Patterson and F. W. Willis rendered two appropriate selections with Mr. Dilts presiding at the organ.  Rev. Hubbartt selected Ecclesiastes, 8th chapter and 8th verse as the foundation of a brief discourse in which the victories of the soldier's life was emphasized and the real victory over death is revealed in the Christian faith.  There was quite a large attendance at the funeral and nearly a score of comrades accompanied the funeral procession to the cemetery one mile east of Butler.  About 20 comrades of the Butler Post, G.A.R., met the procession in Butler and served as an escort to the grave where the ritual service of the G.A.R. was completed.   The fidelity of the comrades, both in Waterloo and Butler, testified of their loyalty and esteem in which the departed comrade was held in the order.

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