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Confederate (CSV)


William Henry Yeldell, Jr.

(1842 - 1924)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

An 18 year old farm worker at Longmires, Edgefield District, he enlisted as Private, Company K, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 15 April 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was captured on 1 October 1862, place not given, and sent to Fort McHenry in Baltimore. He was exchanged at Aiken's Landing, VA on 13 October and in hospitals in Richmond, VA to 9 November. He was furloughed and returned to duty in March 1863. He was promoted to 3rd Corporal on 30 July 1863 and 5th Sergeant on 1 June 1864. He was severely wounded in the chest at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864 with no further military record.

After the War

By 1870 he was a farm worker in Hibler Township, Edgefield County and was working his own place by 1880. His farm was in Yeldell Township, Greenwood County (formed in 1897) in 1900. He was killed in a car accident on his 82nd birthday in 1924.

References & notes

His service from Swain.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Anna Elizabeth Sheppard (1845-1908) in 1869 and they 4 children. He married, second, Martha Lou "Mattie" White (1869-1953).


12/28/1842; Edgefield District, SC


12/28/1924; Greenwood, SC; burial in Magnolia Cemetery, Greenwood, SC


1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pp. 681-82  [AotW citation 24696]