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Confederate (CSV)

Private

William Lafayette Luna

(1829 - 1918)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

His family moved from Alabama to Hardeman County, TN in about 1832 and later to Tippah County, MS. On 1 May 1861, a 32 year old planter in Tippah County, he enlisted as Private, Company F, 2nd Mississippi Infantry. He was wounded at First Manassas on 21 July 1861 and was in a hospital in Charlottesville, VA in October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in the right forearm at Gettysburg, PA and captured there on 5 July 1863. His lower arm was amputated and he was paroled at the DeCamp US Army General Hospital in New York Harbor, date not given. He was furloughed from the Episcopal Hospital in Williamsburg, VA on 13 September 1863. He was listed on the final roll as absent without leave after 31 October 1863.

After the War

He was a longtime resident of Walnut, MS, and was one of its first Mayors.

References & notes

His service from a casualty list/roster for the Campaign provided by Michael Brasher, from his research in Compiled Service Records, Company rolls, and other period sources. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of an excellent post-War photograph of him.

He is on the Confederate Roll of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863.

He married Margaret Jane Rowland (1836-1867) in about 1855 and they had 4 children. He then married the widow Mary C. Newsom Yopp (1840-1911) in 1867 and they had 5 more.

Birth

07/14/1829; Morgan County, AL

Death

05/08/1918 Walnut, Tippah County, MS; burial in New Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Walnut, MS