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W.R. Willis

W.R. Willis

Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

William Royall Willis

(1831 - 1881)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 32nd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He formed and was Captain of a local militia company, the Wythe Rifles, in June 1859, drawing on fellow Hampton Military Academy alumni. On 13 May 1861, then a 30 year old lawyer in Hampton, he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 32nd Virginia Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was with his regiment at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was surrendered and paroled 18 April 1865, place not given.

References & notes

Service and other details from Les Jensen's 32nd Virginia Infantry (roster, 1990) via the Historical Data Systems database. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a portrait at the Hampton History Museum.




1881; burial in Saint Johns Church Cemetery, Hampton, VA