William R. Slow was born in Indiana in 1845. He enlisted on May 11th, 1863 to the 10th Indiana Cavalry Regiment, Squadron B. He served until the Civil War ended and was discharged on August 31st of 1865 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After the war, William spent his life as a farmer in Paducah, Kentucky. William was admitted into the U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1901 then readmitted in July of 1913. In June of 1914, William was transferred to the Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota. William never married and had no near relatives documented on his admission form. He died on November 20th of 1916 of arteriosclerosis. He was 71.