Orrin H. Williams Company G

Private Orrin H. Williams, born July 6, 1847 in Dayton, OH, enlisted Nov. 7, 1861 at age 14 at Attica Point, IN.  He was mustered into service Dec. 12, 1861 assigned to 40th Indiana Regiment, Company G.  This photograph, probably taken June 1865 in Madison, IN, shows Orrin and his new bride Alice Goines, shortly before he was granted a discharge for disability.  He was described in Army records “with fair complexion and brown eyes, 5 feet 3 ½ inches high”. 

Orrin remained in Company G throughout his service and fought in the battles of Shiloh, Chaplain Hills, Stone’s River, Mission Ridge, Resaca, New Hope, and Kennesaw Mt.  His service record states he “also served as regimental and brigade bugler”.  He was wounded severely at Kennesaw with a gunshot to his right thigh, resulting in gangrene and later paralysis in his ankle. 

Orrin survived his injury to father ten children, of whom several were musicians in Chicago, son Harry a noted composer in NYC, and daughter Emma a business woman in Terry Haute, IN. 

-contributed by Jane Rhodus

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