William married Elvira Gerry January 1, 1856. The couple lived in Peacham.
On September 21, 1861, William mustered in as a Corporal in Company H, 4th Vermont Infantry. Promoted to Sargeant in November, 1862, and was discharged December 15, 1863. He re-enlisted the same day, and transferred to Company C of the 4th Vermont in February 1864. From his obituary in the St. Johnsbury Caledonian (St. Johnsbury, Vermont) on March 02, 1910:
"He took part in every battle in which his regiment was engaged during those years, and in the Battle of the Wilderness the losses of his regiment were so great that he became temporarily senior officer and was recommended for a lieutenant's commission, but was taken prisoner and confined at the following prisons, Libby, Belle Isle, Andersonville, Millan, Charlestown, and Florence. He was paroled at Goldsboro, N.C. March 4, 1865. During his stay inthese prisons he contracted heart disease, which was the cause of his death."
William returned to Peacham after the war. William and Elvira's son, Frank, died in 1893; his daughter Bertha moved to Peacham to live with her grandparents.
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