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Confederate (CSA)

Major

William Harvey Sellers

(1827 - 1874)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Hood's Division

Before Sharpsburg

He moved to Brazos, TX in 1835, at about age 7. He was in the Republic of Texas militia on the 1842-43 Mier Expedition into Mexico, was captured there, and spent 21 months imprisoned in Mexico City; released in 1844. He was First Lieutenant, First Regiment, Texas Mounted Rifle Volunteers in the Mexican War 1846-47, then a merchant in Houston and New York City. He enrolled as Lieutenant, Company A, 5th Texas Infantry on 19 July 1861, and was appointed Adjutant on 8 November. He was commissioned Captain and Assistant Adjutant General (AAG) to General Hood on 19 March 1862.

On the Campaign

From General Hood's Report:

Too much cannot be said of the members of my staff, the chief, Maj. W. H. Sellers ... has proven himself competent to command a brigade under all circumstances. This distinguished officer, together with my two aides (Maj. B. H. Blanton and Lieut. James Hamilton), had their horses shot during the battle of Sharpsburg while most gallantly pushing forward the troops and transmitting orders.

The rest of the War

General Hood recommended him for commission as Brigadier General and command of troops in October 1862. He was formally promoted to Major on 5 November 1862 and to Lieutenant Colonel on 16 February 1864. He was paroled on 10 May 1865.

After the War

He was a cotton merchant at New York City and in Galveston, TX.

References & notes

Basic information from Krick,1 who noted "A Texas Brigade veteran called Sellers 'the bravest man I saw or ever expect to see.'". Mexican War service from Robarts.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

09/20/1827; Gibson County, TN

Death

04/10/1874 Galveston, TX; burial in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, Lexington, VA

Notes

1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 263  [AotW citation 17623]

2   Robarts, William Hugh, Mexican War Veterans: a Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer troops in the War between the United States and Mexico, from 1846 to 1848, Washington, DC: Brentano's, 1887, pg. 75  [AotW citation 17624]