(1841 - 1919)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 6th Georgia Infantry
Age 19, from Mitchell County, GA, he enlisted as Private in Company F, 6th Georgia Infantry on 5 May 1861.
On the Campaign
He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was held at Ft. Delaware and was exchanged and returned to duty, date not given. He was detailed to duty in Georgia in April 1863, with no further record with the 6th Georgia. He enlisted on 1 June 1863 in Newport, FL in Company D, 2nd Florida Cavalry. He took the oath of allegiance at Thomasville, GA on 9 May 1865.
After the War
He lived in Mitchell County, GA into at least the mid-1870s, and was in Chiefland, Levy County, FL by 1880. He was something of a Renaissance man, being skilled as a farmer, veterinarian, carpenter & coffin maker, butcher and even extractor of teeth. A lifelong Methodist, with brief stint in the Baptist Church, he converted to Mormanism in 1898. By 1902 he had sold his farm and equipment and taken the 11 children then living with him to Garland, Utah. They returned to Florida about 2 years later and lived in Seffner near Tampa. He farmed, raised cattle and milled cane sugar. About 1910 he sold his farm and moved to Arizona, but returned to Florida soon after. He lived in Madison, FL to about 1915, then Sanderson until his death in 1919.
References & notes
Service information from Henderson1 and the Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865.2 A casualty list for the 6th Georgia Regiment printed in the Southern Recorder (Milledgeville, GA) on 21 October 1862 had him as missing in action at Sharpsburg. Personal details from a biographical essay [free login required] written by his daughter Sophronia in 1969. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph of unknown provenance posted by Candace Smith.
He married Sarah Elizabeth Mansfield Johnson (1843-1878) in about 1863 and had 6 children with her. He married Missouri Virginia Wheeler Stephens (1860-1939) in 1879, and they had 13 children together between 1880 and 1901. 4 of the 19 died young, but the last surviving offspring, Sophronia Arline Williams (b. 1897), died in Tampa in 1985.
08/28/1841; Albany, GA
09/19/1919 Sanderson, FL; burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Madison, FL
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. 1, pg. 795 [AotW citation 21154]
2 Hartman, David W., and David Coles, Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865, 5 volumes: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1995, Vol. 4, pg. 1458 [AotW citation 21155]