William Thomas Nelson Smith, Jr.(1841 - 1909)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Alabama Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
His mother died in 1854 and he went to live with an uncle in 1855. He was an unmarried 20 year old farmer from Rogersville, AL when he enlisted as Private on 28 April 1861 in Company H, 4th Alabama Infantry. His father (b. 1804) also enlisted in Company H, and was killed at First Manassas on 21 July 1861. William, Jr. was appointed 3rd Corporal on 21 April 1862. He was present at most engagements from Eltham's Landing to Second Manassas, VA.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was captured in action on South Mountain on the Maryland Campaign.
The remainder of the War:
He was reduced again to Private on 11 November 1862. He was in action from Fredericksburg, VA in December 1862 to Gettysburg, PA, where he was wounded on 2 July 1863. He was furloughed on a Surgeon's Certificate on 20 April 1864. He later joined the 4th Alabama (Roddy's) Cavalry, date not given.
After the War:
At the 1880 US Census he was living with his sister Sarah in Grand Bay, Mobile County, AL.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of Alabama1. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
|Birth Date: 03/08/1841 Birth State: AL |
Death Date: 06/19/1909 Burial Place: Masonic Cemetery, Bunceton, MO
1 State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: various [AotW citation 15708]
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