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Confederate (CSV)


William McLean Paisley

(1842 - 1891)

Home State: Arkansas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Arkansas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted in Company I, 3rd Arkansas Infantry at Tulip, Arkansas on June 25, 1861. He was promoted to Third Corporal in 1862.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in the arm in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on May 25, 1863. He then worked at Charlotte, NC in the Confederate medical purveying department to the end of the War.

After the War

He returned to Dallas County, first as a farmer, then in the mercantile business. He moved his general store to Dobyville in 1867 and to Gurdon (Guerdon) in 1886.

References & notes

Basic information from Howerton1. Life dates and further details from a sketch posted on his gravesite at Findagrave; from Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas (1890). He married Emma Eliza Butler (1844-1887, sister of the four Butler brothers of Company I) in 1866. He married Martha Oliver Bland (1855-1925) of Nottoway County, VA in 1888. Family correspondence is in Tulip Evermore: Emma Butler and William Paisley, Their Lives in Letters, 1857-1887, edited by Elizabeth Paisley Huckaby and Ethel C. Simpson (Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press, 1985).

More on the Web

A finding guide to his family papers at the University of Arkansas is online. Some of the correspondence has been excerpted online in a Paisley family newsletter.


04/28/1842; Caswell County, NC


02/27/1891; in AR; burial in Dobyville Cemetery, Dobyville, AR


1   Howerton, Bryan R., Roster of the Third Arkansas Infantry Regiment, CSA, Published 1998, <>, Source page: /civilwar/3rdcoi.html  [AotW citation 13877]