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Confederate (CSV)

Sergeant

William David Whetstone

(1842 - 1905)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a 19 year old unmarried student when he enlisted in Company G, 6th Alabama Infantry, on 2 June 1861 at Corinth, MS. He was present at First Manassas (21 July 1861) and the Siege of Yorktown in March or April of 1862. He was promoted to Sergeant 28 April 1862. Present at Seven Pines (31 May 1862), Cold Harbor (27 June 1862) and Malvern Hill, VA (2 July 1862).

On the Campaign

He was captured in action on 14 September 1862 on South Mountain near Boonsboro, MD.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware until sent to Aiken's Landing, VA on 2 October, then exchanged there on 10 November. He furnished a substitute and was discharged on 6 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA.

After the War

He moved with his wife to Ocala, FL in January 1902.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Alabama1, and from roster data as compiled by James D. Allen on his Regimental site. Details from family genealogists and his widow's pension application, in which she says he returned to service after the death of the substitute and served to the end of the War. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

01/04/1842; Autauga County, AL

Death

07/05/1905 Sylacauga, AL; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Ocala, FL

Notes

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 15813]