His Civil War record is dated February 15, 1863. He was in Ward-Cruse Bat, private. He enlisted at Huntsville, Alabama (muster Camp Beulah, Mobile, Alabama, muster Near Shubuta, Mississippi, 4-30-1863, signed muster 10-31-1864, near Macon, Georgia). A tomb was obtained for him and placed at his gravesite in Bodine Cemetery in Brown's Valley, Marshall County, Alabama.
I have had his name as William M. Bodine and William E. Bodine. RB says The 1850-1880 censuses all just name him William Bodine and his tombstone has no middle initial. Neither does his marriage record. Thomas Bodine, his great-grandson, says it is William M. Bodine. Here is a message from Thomas:
From: Thomas Bodine [tbbodine at otelco.net]
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Subject: Re: Bodine update
I don't know how the "E' was given to him but his original headstone has an "M" on it. So I am sure the family knew his name. Martin Putnam Bodine had a son named William Marion. Martin's father, Henry and William were brothers.
ps - Many hours have been spent in trying to locate Mary Ann Dunn's parents. Apparently, they came in about 1850 after the Marshall County census as she is not on it.
From Ronny Bodine:
William Bodine enlisted 15 Feb 1863 at Huntsville, Alabama. He was stationed in Macon, Georgia on 31 Oct 1864. William Bodine reported his occupation as farmer in the 1860-1880 censuses of Marshall County. William and Mary Bodine were buried in Bodine Cemetery, Brown's Valley, Marshall County.
From his newspaper obituary in "The Guntersville Democrat" of 10 Feb 1887- "Died at his home in this county on Jan. 31st Mr. William Bodine. Mr. Bodine is a well known citizen of Marshall. He has been a resident of this section of the county a number of years and by his just dealing with his fellow men won a host of friends who mourn his death."