Born: August 21, 1821 at Flushing, NY
Died: February 2, 1879, at New York City, NY
Enlisted: August 21, 1862, at New York City.
Mustered In: September 1, 1862, commissioned into Field & Staff.
Mustered Out: June 30, 1865, at Charleston, SC
Wounded: December 6, 1864 at Deveaux's Neck, SC
Promotions: Brigadier General, by brevet, May 19, 1865.
Prior Service: 1) 7th New York Infantry, Lieutenant, Co.D
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2) 65th New York Infantry, Captain, Co.C.
Pre-War Occupation: Businessman, New York City, NY
Post War Occupation:¬†
1) July 1865 to September 1870, businessman in Charleston, SC
2) October 1870 to 1876, treasurer, Charleston County, SC.
General Gurney was also a presidential elector in 1873, and 1874. He was appointed a centennial commissioner by President Grant, and elected vice-president of the commission.
Wife: Mary J. Gurney
¬† Born: Unknown
¬† Died: April 11, 1900
Widow Pension Application Date: June 26, 1879
Report of the Adjutant General New York
127th New York Volunteers By Franklin McGrath
Gravesite at Green-Wood Cemetery
OBITUARY.GEN. WILLIAM GURNEY
¬† Gen. William Gurney, of Charleston, S.C.whose death took place in this City yesterday, was born at Flushing, Long Island, in 1821. He was of Quaker extraction. He came to this City in 1837, and obtained employment as a clerk in the wholesale establishment of A.N. Brown, in Dey-street. He became a junior partner of Mr. Brown, and afterward the head of the firm of Gurney & Underhill,which succeeded the old firm. He always took an active interest in the Militia in this City, and was originally a member of the Eighth Regiment. At the outbreak of the rebellion he was a First Lieutenant in the Seventh Regiment, which he accompanied during its three months' term of service. On his return to this City he accepted a Captain's commission in the Sixty-fifth Regiment, New York Volunteers, commanded by Col. John Cochran.
¬† In 1862 he was appointed Assistant Inspector-General and Examining Officer on the staff of Gov. Morgan, in which position he was required to pass upon the qualifications of persons applying for commissions in the regiments of this State. In July of that year he received authority to raise a regiment, and in 30 days recruited the One Hundred and Twenty seventh New-York Volunteers, at the head of which he returned to the front. Later on in the same year he was assigned to the command of the Second Brigade in Gen. Abercrombie's Division. In 1864 he joined the command of Gen. Q.A. Gillmore, who was then operating on the South Carolina coast. He was severely wounded at Devoe's Neck, near Charleston, in December,1864, and was sent North for medical treatment. On his recovery he was assigned to duty as Commander of the post of Charleston, and returned to that city. He was promoted for gallantry in action to the rank of Brigadier-General. Gen. Gurney returned to this City in July, 1865, when he was mustered out of the service. He then went back with his family to Charleston, where he established himself as a merchant and cotton factor. He continued to reside there until about a year ago, when he came North on account of his health. In 1870 Gen. Gurney was appointed Treasurer of Charleston County. He was a member of the Electoral College in 1872 from South Carolina, and was the Commissioner from that State to the Centennial Exposition. Gen. Gurney was one of the originators of the Five Points Mission in this City, and one of the founders of Continental Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. He was a member of Adelphi Chapter and Morton Commandery, and also a member of the Veteran Association of the Seventh Regiment. He was a gentleman of genial spirit and strict integrity, and had a large circle of warm personal friends.