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Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant

William Baxter Stinson

(1839 - 1906)

Home State: Mississippi

Education: South Carolina College, Class of 1859

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 18th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a Junior at South Carolina College 1858-59 (and may have earned an A.B. degree that year), then he moved with his and other local families to Madison County, MS. He enlisted on 7 June 1861 at Corinth as Private, Company G, 18th Mississippi Infantry. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant on 26 April 1862 on the reorganization, and promoted to First Lieutenant on 5 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to the thigh and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was briefly at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD from 15 to 16 October 1862 then transferred to Fortress Monroe, VA, where he was exchanged. He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital #4 in Richmond, VA on 27 October 1862 and furloughed for 30 days on 1 November. The furlough was extended to the end of May 1863, when he was detailed to the Medical Director's Office, Richmond. He was at Richmond or on further leave until the Autumn of 1863 when he returned to his Company. On 1 May 1864 he was retired from field service and on 13 May 1865 signed a parole at Meridian, MS.

After the War

He lived at Canton, Madison County, and was a farmer, a salesman, and Superintendent of Public Instruction for the County (1876-1886).

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database with commissions in Rowland.1 Wound and hospital detail from the Patient List.2 Considerable personal and service information from the research of Ellen Pack on her Genealogy of the Flying Stinsons. His college career from the History of the South Carolina College (1874) and the Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi (1917). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Catherine E. "Kate" Anderson (1850-1923) in November 1867 and they had 9 children together. Hers was one of the families that had come from South Carolina with the Stinsons before the war. Their firstborn, son Edward Anderson Stinson's 4 children (Eddie, Kate, Madge, and Jack) all became pilots before the First World War, and founded aviation businesses - the Stinson Aviation Company in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the Stinson Aeroplane Company (later Stinson Aircraft Corp.) in Dayton, OH.

Birth

09/18/1839; Camden, SC

Death

02/24/1906 Canton, MS; burial in Canton City Cemetery, Canton, MS

Notes

1   Rowland, Dunbar, Military History of Mississippi 1803-1898, The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi, 1908, Nashville: Press of the Brandon Printing Company, 1908, pg. 478  [AotW citation 21410]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #720  [AotW citation 21411]