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Confederate (CSV)


William Thomas Hartness

(1844 - 1927)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A farmer in York County, he enlisted as Private, Company C, 17th South Carolina Infantry on 28 April 1862 at age 18. He was slightly wounded at Second Manassas in August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Boonsboro (Turner's Gap) on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He returned to duty and was promoted to Sergeant by January 1863. He was wounded in the left hand at Fort Stedman near Petersburg, VA on 25 March 1865.

After the War

He returned to farming in York County. In October 1927, at age 83, he was returning home from the post office when he was hit by a Southern Railway passenger train and killed.

References & notes

Thanks to Barry Truluck for details above from his research in the US Census (1850-1920), South Carolina birth and death records, his Compiled Service Records (via Fold3), and the Roll 1 for Company C, which has his wound at Sharpsburg. Death details from a piece in the Greenwood, SC Index-Journal of 12 October 1927. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Susan Lucas (1839-1910) in 1866 and they had six children.

More on the Web

An article by Mildred Louise Pettus (1926-) about Hartness titled There was No Surrender for this Civil War Soldier was published in the The Charlotte Observer on 25 April 2004. It's also among the author's papers at Winthrop University [finding aid].


02/28/1844; York County, SC


10/12/1927; Sharon, SC; burial in Sharon Associate Reformed Presbyterian Churchyard, Sharon, SC


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Company C, Seventeenth Regiment Infantry  [AotW citation 22066]