Mustered into service as a Private on July 29th, 1861
Born 17 July 1844
Died 13 July 1917
Buried Brownsville M.E. Cemetery, Union County Indiana
Private Ford was discharged for disability soon after arriving in Washington D.C. in the fall of 1861. By early 1862 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman aboard the U.S. gunboat Mound City. During a fight on the White River on June 17th, 1862 in Arkansas the gunboat was hit by a shot that killed many of the crew. William was struck on the left side of his leg causing a "ugly" wound. He would leave the Navy and be drafted into Company A of the 42nd Indiana Infantry serving from November 26th, 1864 to his muster out on July 21st, 1865.