I went to Rosemere Cemetery this afternoon and I am sending a JPeg image of the grave marker to your e-mail address.
The cemetery is located in the city of Opelika, county of Lee, state of Alabama. It is about 30 miles west of the Georgia border near Columbus, Georgia, the home of Fort Benning.
Rosemere is an old cemetery, and several years ago the Museum of East Alabama presented a cemetery tour. Local citizens (some actual descendents) played the role of historic individuals buried there. The tour was conducted at night with tour guides leading groups along luminarie lighted routes to the graves. There the "actor" would tell his life story. One of the graves was that of William Alder. Following is the text that was used by the person playing the part of William Alder:
"Here you have another of Rosemere's mysteries. I am William Alder, a Yankee that moved down south sometime after the War Between the States. Sadly, not much is known about my life now, except that I was a Union solider during the Civil War. When looking into further research about my life, it was discovered that there were three William Alders that were enlisted in the Union Army, during that time. So since there is only a name upon my tombstone, I'm going to tell a little about each, and let you decide which of them I am.
First, there is a Sergeant William D. Alder, of Company D, in the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry, of which no one knows much about.
Then there is William W. Alder, of Cleona, Indiana who enlisted in January of 1865 in the 145th infantry. His regiment left for Nashville, Tennessee on the 18th of February and reached Chattanooga, Tennessee and Dalton Georgia, on the 23rd. Their purpose was to guard the railroad, until they moved to Marietta, Georgia, where they remained until the fall. Where upon they received orders to advance to Cuthbert, Georgia and remain on duty until mustered out on January 21,1866.
The third William Alder was in the 7th Cavalry regiment of Waterloo, Iowa. This regiment advanced to Omaha, Nebraska, with six other companies to set-up headquarters in Omaha. During the entire service of the regiment the different companies were scattered over a wide and extensive territory. Each company actively engaged in heavy duties required of troops on the frontier. They were threatened and frequently invaded by savage enemies, some of their other duties were escorting trains, protecting immigrants and guarding lines of travel and the telegraph.
Now that you've heard the stories, maybe you can help discover which of the three Union soldiers I am and how I ended up in a cemetery way down south in Dixie."
I think I have a video of this somewhere and will let you know for sure.
Do you have any dates or anything else that might help identify your William Alder?