William NELSON of Rutland, VT, served as a Union Soldier in the Civil War 1865-1868 on the "Wachusett". He was either a volunteer sailor or marine per p. 704 in the "ROSTER OF VERMONTERS WHO SERVED IN THE CIVIL WAR", VOL. 2, 1998. For his military data check out:http://www.vermontcivilwar.orghttp://www.vermontcivilwar.org Also, there was a William H. NELSON who served. I am not related. Vermont volunteer, j.