During the Battle of Antietam former President William McKinley served as a sergant for Company E of Ohio’s 23rd Infantry. Sergant William McKinley worked for the U.S. Army’s commissary and served coffee and food to the soldiers in his company, while under fire from Confederate forces.
McKinley’s work on the battlefield earned him the nickname, “Coffee Bill”.
Decades after the war monument was dedicated to William McKinley, who was the last United States President to be a veteran of the U.S. Civil War. William Mickinley was also the only enlisted U.S. Civil War soldier to serve as a U.S. President