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S.W. Vance

S.W. Vance

Confederate (CSV)


Samuel William Vance

(1845 - 1906)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

An unmarried 16 year old student in Marrs, AL, he enlisted as Private, Company G, 11th Alabama Infantry on 11 June 1861 in Tuscaloosa. He was promoted to 3rd Corporal on 7 April 1862. He was with his Company through the Peninsular Campaign of 1862 and at 2nd Manassas in August.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Harpers Ferry on 15 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to 5th Sergeant on 3 May 1863 and was at Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and other engagements through August 1864. He was absent, sick later that year.

References & notes

Service from the Alabama Civil War Service Database.1 Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph accompanying his reminiscence about combat at Gettysburg and the Wilderness in the Confederate Veteran.2


01/28/1845; Scottsville , Bibb County, AL


03/28/1906; Birmingham, AL; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=207771  [AotW citation 20100]

2   United Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-00, Vol. 7 (1899), pg. 492  [AotW citation 20101]