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Confederate (CSV)

Captain

William Henry Willis

(1829 - 1889)

Home State: Georgia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a businessman in Oglethorpe before the War. He mustered as First Lieutenant, Company I, 4th Georgia Infantry on 29 April 1862 and was promoted Captain effective the same date.

On the Campaign

Ho took command of the regiment at Sharpsburg as senior officer after Major Smith was killed.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major in March 1863 and wounded at Chancellorsville in May. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in July 1863 and Colonel of the Regiment in 1864.

After the War

He was again in business in Oglethorpe. He was elected to the State legislature 1873-77.

References & notes

Service information from Thomas1, with personal details from Allardice2.

Birth

02/10/1829; Jones County, GA

Death

12/31/1889; Oglethorpe, GA; burial in City Cemetery, Oglethorpe, GA

Notes

1   Thomas, Henry Walter, History of the Doles-Cook Brigade, Atlanta: Franklin Printing & Publishing Co., 1903, pg. 174  [AotW citation 2591]

2   Allardice, Bruce S., Confederate Colonels, Columbia (Mo): University of Missouri Press, 2008, pg. 400  [AotW citation 2597]