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Confederate (CSV)


Willis Campbell

(c. 1809 - 1886)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 37th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 52 year old farmer, he enlisted and mustered as Private, Company D, 37th Virginia Infantry on 22 April 1861 in Estillville, VA.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was furloughed home about 20 September 1862 and returned to duty, date not given. He was with his Company to at least 15 December 1864.

After the War

He was a farmer in Lee County, VA.

One morning in 1886, Willis Campbell left home with a few head of cattle to sell at market just over the other side of Powell Mountain (Scott Co.). At the market, he sold the cows and bought some feed. On his return trip, he never made it home. About 2 years went by when his bones, along with some shredded sacks, were discovered near Wallen's Creek on Powell Mountain. He had been bushwhacked for the money he earned selling cattle at the market only for his remains (except for bones) to be eaten by a bear. His bones were finally laid to rest in this lonely grave on the side of the mountain.

References & notes

His service from Rankin1 via the Historical Data Systems database. The quote above from Phyllis Louise Willits Peterson's Scott County Va. Cemetery Records (Vol. 6, 1993). His birth year also seen as 1814 and 1818. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1809; Surry County, NC


1886; Lee County, VA; burial in Willis Campbell Cemetery, Stickleyville, VA


1   Rankin, Thomas M., 37th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1987  [AotW citation 21758]