|Birth||July 22, 1837|
|Death||Sept. 24, 1932|
|Unit||184th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A|
First Sergeant William H Ralston
Company C, 110th Pennsylvania Infantry
Company A, 184th Pennsylvania Infantry
Ralston was born in Fulton County, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1837. He enlisted and mustered as a sergeant in the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry on October 24, 1861. Ralston’s date and method of discharge from his first unit was not given. He re-enlisted as a member of the 184th Pennsylvania Infantry on May 12, 1864. Ralston served about 14 months before his discharge on July 14, 1865 at Washington DC. He was promoted to sergeant (March 1, 1865) and first sergeant (July 1, 1865) during his service with the 184th Pennsylvania Infantry.
The 184th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Harrisburg in May 1864. The regiment was part of the Army of the Potomac. During Ralston’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Rapidan (VA) Campaign (May 28-June 12, 1864).
Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864). Regimental losses were 14 killed and 32 wounded on June 3, 1864.
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864-April 2, 1865). Regimental losses were 10 killed, 25 wounded, 98 captured, and 22 reported missing on June 22, 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).
Ralston died on September 24, 1932 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Schuyler Cemetery in Schuyler (Colfax County), Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.