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Confederate (CSV)


William G. Nelms

(1837 - 1902)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 24 year old merchant in Oxford, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company G, 11th Mississippi Infantry on 26 April 1861 and was elected First Lieutenant in April 1862. He was wounded at Seven Pines, VA on 31 May and again, seriously, at Gaines' Mill on 27 June 1862. He was promoted to Captain in September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded yet again, in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded 3 more times. In the chest at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863, and was in Chimborazo Hospital #4 in Richmond, VA on 18 July and furloughed the next day. At Weldon Railroad, VA about 15 August 1864, and finally at Hawk's Farm, VA on 25 March 1865. He was then in a hospital in Richmond, probably to the end of the war.

After the War

He lived in Vinita, in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) for at least 20 years before his death.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Confederate Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database and Dunbar Rowland's The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi (1908). Gettysburg details from the Buseys.1 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1837 in MS


09/04/1902; burial in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, Craig County, OK


1   Busey, John W., and Travis W. Busey, Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2017, pp. 676-677  [AotW citation 21340]