Sandra Wilkinson Blandford
William Funk was born on
20 Jan 1826 in
Louisville, Kentucky and was the son Captain Jacob
Funk (1795 Ė 24 Aug 1864), a river pilot on the falls.
William attended Hanover College, Indiana and was regarded
as a bright young man. In June 1846 William, against his
fatherís wishes, enlisted as a Private in Captain Aaron
Penningtonís Company G, 1st Regiment Kentucky
Cavalry. The regiment traveled over land into
to serve under General
United States Army. While on a scout under the
command of Major John Pollard Gaines and then Captain
Cassius Marcellus Clay, William was captured by the
enemy Mexican Army in mid-January 1847. He with several
others were marched into
Mexico City and imprisoned. The group of
war were later moved to different locations in
Mexico. A group of five soldiers escaped six months later.
William was the only one of the five men to safely arrive in
Tampico, Mexico. He subsequently returned to
William Funk was to suffer for his
imprisonment for the rest of his life. Shortly after his
return home, signs of mental illness were noticed and
attributed to his wartime experience. His father was
unwilling to have his son committed to the asylum at
Lexington. Only after his fatherís death would William be
sent there. Williamís sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Griffin, and
her husband, Mr. J. E. Griffin, a wealthy Louisville
merchant and tailor, paid Williamís charges up to the time
of Griffinís death amounting to $1,208 per year. William
28 Dec 1896 of apoplexy in
County Kentucky and was buried in the
Cave Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Griffinís son-in-law, A. F.
Winn of Paris, Missouri, notified the military pension
office of his death.
Sources: Federal Military Pension
Application File, William Funk, SC-11331; Scott, John
Encarnacion, or the Prisoners in Mexico. Louisville, KY:
G. H. Monsarrat & Co., Steam Press, 1848, p 103. Copyright
2010 Sandra Wilkinson Blandford.