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Federal (USV)


William F. Martch

(1842 - 1914)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to the United States at about age 11 (15?), in 1853. He learned the carpenter's trade. From Watertown, he enlisted in Company A, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 18 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 9 February 1863. He also served in Company G, 49th Wisconsin Infantry mustering-in as Sergeant on 14 February 1865 and mustering out with the Company on 8 November 1865.

After the War

He was a member of the O.D. Pease Post No. 94, GAR. At the 1892 Reunion of the Regiment, he was listed (as W.F. Murtch), still living in Watertown, WI. He received an increase in his veteran's pension to $24 per month in 1909 from the US Congress.

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1 and the State of Wisconsin2. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Details from family genealogists, the 1900 US Federal Census, and his wife Margaret (Nimm) widow's pension record. His death notice in the Watertown Gazette of 22 January 1914 has his birth year as 1838 - and is online thanks to the Watertown Historical Society.


06/1842 in GERMANY


01/19/1914; burial in Saint Henry's Catholic Cemetery, Watertown, WI


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 406 - 407  [AotW citation 15132]

2   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 2, pg. 860  [AotW citation 15154]