He served during the Civil War as a First Sergeant in Company E of the 8th Iowa Cavalry, and died as a POW.
William moved with his family to Iowa in about 1855. After their marriage in 1856, William and his wife lived with his parents in Jefferson County, Iowa. Then from 1857 to 1858, they lived in Garden City, Minnesota, near his sisters Margaret and Lydia. Then from 1858 to 1860, they lived in Linn County, Kansas. Then in 1860 they moved to Van Buren County, Iowa. It was while living there that William enlisted in the Civil War as a corporal on August 14, 1862. He was discharged in February 1863 and then reenlisted in June 1863 as a sergeant. William was captured in Newnan, Georgia in July 1864. He spent the last 5 months of his life as a prisoner of war in Savannah, Georgia, where he died.
At some point during the 1860s, William's wife moved with their children to Leavenworth, Kansas, where they remained. Catherine never remarried and received a pension for his war service for the next 52 years.
(The above information is from: www.ryanwadleigh.com )
Catherine Elizabeth Murphy Dunham
1834–1917 (m. 1856)