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W. McK. Evans

W. McK. Evans

Confederate (CSV)

Private

William McKendree Evans

"Willie"

(1847 - 1939)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Parker's Richmond (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

Age 15, from Richmond, VA, he mustered as Private in Parker's Richmond Battery, Light Artillery on 14 March 1862.

On the Campaign

At Sharpsburg late on the afternoon of 17 September 1862:

... For some reason, the enemy do not reply to our fire briskly. Perhaps our noble infantry have too badly crippled him. We are so weak that when our gun recoils, we lack the strength to push it back into position. But the mere boys are still high in indomitable spirit as the sturdiest men. Little Sam Weisiger is there, and Willie Evans, the youngest of all, and the cheeriest and pluckiest of all.

The rest of the War

He was captured with the battery on 6 April 1865 at Harper's Farm, VA and held at Point Lookout, MD until released on 11 June 1865 after taking the oath of allegiance.

After the War

He was an accountant in Richmond until his death there at age 92 in 1939 - the last surviving member of the battery.

References & notes

Service information from Musselman1 via the Historical Data Systems database. The quote above from Royall W. Figg in "Where men only dare to go!" or, The story of a Boy Company (C.S.A.) (1885); thanks to Andy Cardinal for the pointer to that volume. Details and his picture from a bio sketch in William E. Mickle's Well Known Confederate Veterans and their War Records (1915). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He was married 3 times and 7 children survived him.

Birth

02/01/1847

Death

10/23/1939 Richmond, VA; burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Richmond, VA

Notes

1   Musselman, Homer D., The Caroline Light, Parker and Stafford Light Virginia Artillery, Lynchburg (Va): H.E. Howard, Inc., 1992  [AotW citation 23397]