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Confederate (CSV)

Major

William Henry Palmer

(? - 1926)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Regiment Major

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

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

Summary of letter at the Virginia Historical Society, and references at the AP Hill site.
See a Timeline of Libby Prison's History, and a Blacksburg newpaper article for mentions of Colonel Palmer after the War.

Birth

1835

Death

7/14/1926 Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA