|Birth||March 7, 1842|
|Death||Feb. 2, 1940|
|Cemetery||Oak Grove (DeWitt)|
|Unit||1st Ohio H Artillery, Battery L|
2nd Lieutenant William Bivens
Battery L, 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery
Bivens was born in Ohio on March 7, 1842. The 20 year old enlisted in the regiment as a sergeant on August 8, 1862. He was mustered on September 14, 1862 and served about 34 months. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant on January 1, 1864 and to 2nd Lieutenant on November 26, 1864. Bivens was mustered out of the regiment on July 25, 1865. He entered the Union Army as a member of the 117th Ohio Infantry. The 117th Ohio Infantry was converted to the 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery on May 2, 1863.
The 117th Ohio Infantry/1st Ohio Heavy Artillery was organized at Portsmouth, Ohio on September 15, 1862. The unit was assigned to duties in Kentucky and Tennessee during the War.
Bivens died on February 2, 1940 at the age of 97 years. He is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in DeWitt (Saline County), Nebraska. Bivens was a member of the Curtis Post (#89) of the Grand Army of the Republic in DeWitt.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.