William R Ryker


BirthJuly 6, 1842
DeathJan. 28, 1935
CemeteryGuide Rock (Guide Rock)
PostHowe (Garber)
Unit6th Indiana Infantry, Company A

Private William R. Ryker

Company A, 6th Indiana Infantry

Ryker was born in Jefferson County, Indiana on July 6, 1842. He was residing in Jefferson County when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on September 12, 1861. Ryker served 3 years with the regiment. He was mustered out on September 22, 1864 at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The 6th Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered at Madison, Indiana on September 20, 1861. During Ryker’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863).

Battle of Missionary Ridge (TN) (November 25, 1863).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-August 22, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 22, 1864).

The regiment was mustered out on September 22, 1864 due to the expiration of its’ term. During the 3 years, the regiment lost 9 officers and 116 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded. Two of the battles were very costly.

Battle of Stone’s River (16 killed, 18 wounded, and 1 taken prisoner).

Battle of Chickamauga (17 killed, 30 wounded, and 33 taken prisoner).

Ryker died on January 28, 1935 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Guide Rock Cemetery in Guide Rock (Webster County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Howe Post (#138) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Guide Rock.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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