William Price


Basic Facts

Date of Birth:  1834

Date of Enlistment:  September 1, 1861

Date of Discharge:  January 14, 1862

Reason for Discharge:  Physical Disability

Rank at Discharge:  Private


Family and Personal Background

William is the son of Jedadiah and Mariah Price of Newport, Wayne County, Indiana.  According to the 1850 census, William Price, age 16, is living in Jedadiah’s household.  Jedadiah and William both have the occupation of cooper.

According to the 1860 census, William Price, age 27, married to Lydia, also age 27, is living in New Garden, Wayne County, Indiana.  They have two children:  Samuel, age 4 and Hattie, age 1.  William’s occupation is listed as cooper.


Wartime Experience

William Price was likely one of the many who got sick at Camp Wickliffe during the winter of 1861-62.  Three soldiers from Company F died during the time at New Haven, Kentucky and Camp Wickliffe.  Several others were discharged for physical disability.

The Civil War Draft Registration Record from 1863 lists William as 29 years old and says “Went to Indianapolis with the 36th Indiana.”

William’s pension record (if there is one) may shed light on this.


Post-war Life

In the 1870 census, William and Lydia Price are listed as living in New Garden, Wayne County, Indiana.  They have 2 children and 2 other men (possibly William’s brothers) living with them.  William’s occupation is listed as cooper.


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Sources Consulted:

  • Census Year: 1850; Census Place: New Garden, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M432_180; Page: 283A; Image: 573.
  • Census Year: 1860; Census Place: New Garden, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M653_308; Page: 75; Image: 77; Family History Library Film: 803308.
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group Number: 110; Title: Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War); Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); ARC Identifies: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 2 of 6.
  • Wayne County, Indiana Directory and Soldier’s Register (1865), pp. 365-366.
  • Census Year: 1870; Census Place: New Garden, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M593_371; Page: 479B; Image: 63; Family History Library Film: 545870.
  • The Story of the Marches, Battles and Incidents of the 36th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry by William Grose (1891).