March 11, 1836|
|Died||June 14, 1912(aged 76)|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1861 - 1865|
|Unit||Company G, 59th New York Veteran Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Ludgate joined the Army from New York City in May 1861, and was assigned to the 82nd New York Infantry, rising to the rank of Sergeant Major.  He re-enlisted as a veteran in March 1864, and transferred to the 59th New York Infantry, where he was commissioned as an officer in September 1864. He was ultimately discharged in June 1865. 
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Captain, Company G, 59th New York Veteran Infantry. Place and date: At Farmville, Va., April 7, 1865. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: England. Date of issue: August 10, 1889.
Gallantry and promptness in rallying his men and advancing with a small detachment to save a bridge about to be fired by the enemy.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- ""WILLIAM LUDGATE" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: American Civil War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
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