(? - 1926)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Regiment Major
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Virginia Infantry
Also listed as 'WH'. Palmer enlisted in Company F, First Virginia as a private and eventually rose to command it as colonel. He took command of the Regiment during the battle of Williamsburg (5/5/62) where Colonel Williams was shot. He was a Major at Antietam.
The rest of the War
He was only 27 when he joined A.P. Hill's staff (as Chief of Staff) around the time of Fredericksburg in late 1862. Robertson calls him 'polished, highly organized, and indefatigable' as well as 'Hill's most truested aide.' He suffered a dislocated shoulder at Chancellorsville.
After the War
After the War he was (probably) in business in Richmond, VA. He is associated with the warehouse which had been Libby Prison during the war, perhaps owning it at least briefly.
He is reported to have had a fine 'Summer Home' on Main Street in Blacksburg, VA
References & notes
7/14/1926 Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA