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This biography is from HEROES OF ALBANY, by Rufus W. Clark, D. D.

Sergt. Gustavus A. Percy
of Watervliet

Gustavus A. Percy, the second son of John and Eliza Ann Percy, was born in Albany, January 1st, 1833.

In the spring of 1862, he went, with his family, to the State of Illinois, and feeling that it was his duty to aid in suppressing the rebellion, he enlisted in Company E, Seventh Illinois Infantry. The regiment went first to Staten Island, and thence to the front, in Virginia, where he participated in several battles. He fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and other places. He entered the army as a private, but was soon promoted to the position of Sergeant. He was faithful in the discharge of every duty assigned to him, courteous and kind in the camp, and fearless upon the battle field. He inherited many of the qualities and virtues of his excellent mother, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

At the terrible slaughter at Gettysburg he fell mortally wounded, and was buried upon the battle field.

Mr. Percy leaves a wife and little daughter, and a large circle of friends, to mourn his early and sudden death.

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