He was born in Donegal, Ireland (6). He was born in 1840/41 (4 (21 in 1862), 6 (21 in 1862)).
When he enlisted, he was a laborer (6).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (6).
He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 12 August 1862 (1, 4, 6). He was enlisted for three years, by Lieutenant Gregory (4, 6). He was mustered in as a private, in company F (1, 4, 8-9).
He was initially listed on the plaque recording men who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, but his name was later deleted (7).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)
2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863
3 consolidated morning report, 16 March 1864 (Wm Wilkinson)
4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 4 September 2004 (Wm Wilkison [sic])
5 company F, register of deserters, #25 (William Wilkinson)
6 company F, descriptive roll, #110 (William Wilkinson)
8 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Willkinson)
9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Wilkison)