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William Ward Orme
Birth: Feb. 17, 1832
Washington City
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1866
Bloomington
McLean County
Illinois, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in the District of Columbia, he graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland. He moved to Chicago, and then to Bloomington, Illinois, where he was admitted to the bar and became a law partner of Leonard Swet, gaining the respect of future president Abraham Lincoln. He attended the 1861 Illinois constitutional convention, then answered the call to fight; on August 20, 1862, he joined the 94th Illinois Infantry as its colonel. He commanded a brigade four months later in the costly battle at Prairie Grove, Arkansas. There he took part in Brigadier General Francis J. Herron's exhaustive race against the troops of Major General Thomas C. Hindman and was victorious in the thickest of the fighting. For his performance in this battle he was promoted to Brigadier General. In 1863 he joined Herron again in Major General Ulysses S. Grant's Siege of Vicksburg on June 11th. He contracted tuberculosis and was forced to retire from the battlefield, becoming a Union prison inspector in the Northern states. By the end of the year he was in Chicago as the supervisor of the Camp Douglas prison. His health forced him to resign from the army completely in April 1864. He was then appointed by his old friend Lincoln to the United States Treasury Department as a supervising special agent. Again due to his health, he resigned his post in November 1865 to live out his last days at his home in Bloomington. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Nancy McCullough Dyson (1834 - 1912)*
 
 Children:
  William M. Orme (1854 - 1871)*
  Mary Bernardine Orme Smith (1856 - 1931)*
  Lucy Orme Morgan (1858 - 1944)*
  Edwin D. Orme (1860 - 1926)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Bloomington
McLean County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section B, Lot 12
 
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Record added: Oct 26, 2001
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You were one of the early commanders that worked with General Grant in the Western Theater. Thank you for your service to our country during our American Civil War. Rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Feb. 17, 2016

- k75evad
 Added: Sep. 27, 2015

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