Apparently my ancestor created quite the reputation during the war. It was claimed that during Sherman's march to the sea he for some reason was brought in front of Sherman and he gave him the nickname of Fighting Bill of the 53rd. I know many people out there have these stories about their ancestor but considering he died in 1929 and had still went to many of his regiments reunions the family kept note of his friends from the unit calling him Fighting Bill. It's a confirmed nickname but rather or not Sherman gave it to him it is unkown to me. Since I'm making an attempt at joining the Sons of Union Veterans I am looking more closely at his records again and two things popped up. For his Descriptive Roll on April 29, 1864 it claims he enlisted on March 25th and was mustered in on April 29th. Under remarks it claims Joseph Best Drum Major. Why would Best be listed in his remarks? William was a Private in Company D, 53rd Indiana Infantryand Appears on roll of Returns as follows: May 1864 Recruit gained from depot APR 15(?) /64 In Indianapolis, Indiana. Can someone explain any of this to me?