William Alexander Stowe(1832 - 1908)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 16th North Carolina Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Gaston County, he enlisted on 1 May 1861 in Company M of the Sixteenth Infantry as First Sergeant. He was promoted to Captain of the Company on 16 June 1861. In the reorganization of the Regiment in April 1862 he was appointed Major, and on 31 May promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded the Regiment in action at Harpers Ferry and at Sharpsburg.
The remainder of the War:
He was promoted Colonel of the Regiment on 8 December 1863, and served with them to Appomattox in 1865. He was twice wounded during the War: at Gaines Mill (1862) and Chancellorsville (1863).
After the War:
He returned to Gaston County and was a planter. He served in the State Legislature for the 1872-76 term.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Military service information from Moore's Roster1 with additional biographical detail from Colonels2.
|Birth Date: 01/31/1832 Place of Birth: Lincoln County, NC |
Death Date: 06/19/1908 Death Place: Gaston County, NC Burial Place: New Hope Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC
1 Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 2, pp. 1, 32 [AotW citation 982]
2 Allardice, Bruce S., Confederate Colonels, Columbia (Mo): University of Missouri Press, 2008, pg. 360 [AotW citation 983]
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