William Milne was born in 1833 in Scotland.
William immigrated to America and had settled in western Michigan by the time the war had broken out.
He was 28 years old and a single man probably living in Muskegon, Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company H on May 6, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.) He was reported as a Corporal when he was shot in the right thigh on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and subsequently absent sick in the hospital probably at Washington, DC.
He remained hospitalized until he died on November 7, 1862, from wounds received in action. William was buried in the Military Asylum cemetery (Soldier's Home National cemetery).