This is a link to the Find a Grave for William Ashton. The article says it is not known how long William served in the military. This is not true. William fulfilled his five year obligation, serving from 1856-1861. He discharged from the barracks at Benicia, California. It is known that he returned to England. What is not known is how quickly he returned. If anyone has some insights that would be appreciated. His unit returned to the Easter United States to serve in the Civil War.