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Robert Weyl

Robert Weyl

Male 1839 - 1865  (26 years)

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  • Name Robert Weyl 
    Born 1839  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Mar 1865  Lost At Sea, off Cape Hatteras Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I25673  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2022 

    Father William Henry Weyl,   b. 12 Jul 1798, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1878  (Age 79 years) 
    Family ID F8765  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES Illinois Civil War Detail Report Name WEYL, ROBERT Rank PVT Company F Unit 56 IL US INF Personal Characteristics Residence MIER, WABASH CO, IL Age 22 Height 5' 5 Hair DARK Eyes GRAY Complexion DARK Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER Nativity PRUSSIA Service Record Joined When NOV 15, 1861 Joined Where MCCLANESBORO, IL Joined By Whom CPT HALL Period 3 YRS Muster In FEB 27, 1862 Muster In Where SHAWNEETOWN, IL Muster In By Whom Muster Out Muster Out Where Muster Out By Whom Remarks LOST ON STEAMER GEN LYON BURNED AT SEA MAR 31, 1865
      The General Lyon was a 1,026-ton screw steamer and United States Army transport built at East Haddam, Connecticut[1] and chartered by the Federal government in March 1864. It was used as a troop transport on the eastern seaboard during the American Civil War, taking part in the campaigns against Battery Wagner, the Bermuda Hundred and Fort Fisher.[2]

      Late in the war, General Lyon was used extensively by the Union Army to carry Federal troops from Wilmington, North Carolina to Fortress Monroe, Virginia and New York. On board when the vessel sailed from Wilmington on March 29, 1865 were a large number of discharged Union soldiers returning from the war, along with a number of paroled prisoners of war, approximately 130 refugees and other civilians. The ship anchored for the night off Smithville (present-day Southport) near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, waiting for high tide to cross the bar. Between 8 AM and 10 AM on Thursday, March 30, the General Lyon crossed the bar and steamed northeast to clear Cape Hatteras.[3]

      On March 31, 1865, the ship hit rough weather off Cape Hatteras and a fire broke out in the engine room, quickly spreading through the ship. Of the passengers on board, approximately 500 lost their lives, including all but five members of a 205-man contingent of the U.S. 56th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. There were only 29 survivors of the disaster in total, 28 of whom were named in the New York Times.[4] Isaac Wilhite of the 56th Illinois also survived.