|Birth||Nov. 23, 1846|
|Death||Dec. 12, 1932|
|Cemetery||Cedar Grove (Indianola)|
|Unit||36th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B|
Corporal William P Elmer
Company B, 36th Wisconsin Infantry
Elmer was born in Spring Prairie (Walworth County), Wisconsin on November 23, 1846. He was residing in Linden (Iowa County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on February 26, 1864. Elmer enlisted as a corporal and serve about 1 year and 5 months. He was discharged on July 12, 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana.
The 36th Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Madison, Wisconsin on March 23, 1864. The regiment was part of the Army of the Potomac and fought in several major battles and military campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864). Regimental losses over several days of fighting were 42 killed, 150 wounded, and 48 captured.
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16-1864-April 2, 1865). On June 18, 1865 regimental losses were 16 killed and 95 wounded.
Battle of Ream’s Station (VA) (August 25, 1864). Regimental losses were 5 killed, 13 wounded, and 121 captured.
Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).
At Appomattox Court House (VA) (April 9, 1865) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865)
The 36th Wisconsin Infantry lost 7 officers and 150 enlisted men in combat action during the War.
Elmer died on December 12, 1932 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Indianola Cemetery in Indiana (Red Willow County), Nebraska. Elmer was a member of the Indianola Post (#154) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Indianola.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.