William Forder was born in Alton, Hampshire, England in 1837 and was named after his father, William Forder Sr. William Sr., his wife Maria, William Jr., and younger son James came to the United States about 1840. William Jr. would have been about 3 years old. They first settled in Indiana and had about ten more children. William married Sarah Hubbard August 28, 1860 and their daughter Milissa was born a year later. Sarah and William were married only 2 years and their child was a year old when he enlisted.
Photo of a young William Forder. Notations on the photo indicate it may have been a tin type.
William Forder had three brothers who also served the Union during the Civil War. According to the collection’s inventory, there are letters to and from these brothers which are not included at this time.
James Forder, Pvt, enlisted at age 22, on Sept. 18, 1861, Co. D, 38th Indiana Infantry. Listed as missing at Chickamauga. Reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on Dec. 28, 1863, at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sent to Chattanooga hospital Nov. 20, 1864, for chronic Rheumatism. Transferred to a Nashville hospital. Mustered out July 15, 1865.
Albert Forder, Pvt, enlisted at age 18, on Sept. 18, 1861, Co. D, 38th Indiana Infantry. Died in Nashville hospital, April 1, 1862, of Typhoid Fever.
Robert H. Forder, Pvt, Co. B, 16th Rgt, Indiana Volunteers. Wounded at Vicksburg on May 19, 1863. Died at Washington hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, Nov. 10, 1863.