William Graham

William Graham was born about 1833, in Warren, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

William left his home in the east and moved to Michigan sometime before the war broke out.

He stood 6’1” with brown eyes and hair and a light complexion, and was a 27-year-old farmer probably living in Lyons, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861. (Company E was composed in large part by men from Clinton and Ingham counties, as well as parts of Ionia County.)

In June of 1862 he was reported sick in a hospital in Bottom’s Bridge, Virginia, suffering from fever and consumption, was on detached service (probably as a teamster) from October of 1862 through December, and with the Brigade wagon train in January of 1863. In April he was absent sick in a hospital, and on June 9 he left for home on sick furlough. He remained absent sick, probably in Michigan, from July until he was discharged for “chronic eczema with tumefaction [swelling] of the right leg & foot” on November 17, 1863, at Detroit.

William listed Bushnell, Montcalm County as his mailing address on his discharge paper, but was apparently living in Grand Rapids by 1888.