(c. 1842 - 1864)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
From the Newberry District, he enrolled as 3rd Lieutenant of Company H, 13th South Carolina Infantry on 4 September 1861. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in February 1862 and to First Lieutenant on 1 September.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded again, in both thighs at Gettysburg, PA on 1 Juy 1863 and then furloughed home. He was promoted to Captain on 17 August 1863 and was wounded for the third time, shot through both hips on 16 May 1864 (probably at Drewry's Bluff, VA). He returned to his Company only to be mortally wounded by a gunshot to the neck in action at Deep Bottom near Petersburg, VA on 17 August 1864. He died of wounds, probably in Richmond, on 21 (or 22) August 1864.
References & notes
His service from the Roll,1 as William L. Lietzsey, and Caldwell,2 as W.L. Leitzsez. Thanks to Barry Truluck for further details from his Compiled Service Records via fold3, which have him as William L. Leitzey and W.L. Litzsey. His surname also sometimes spelled Lightsey, which may be a clue to how it is pronounced. Personal details from family genealogists.
His gravesite is on Findagrave.
His brother David Martin Leitzsey (b. 1839) was also a Lieutenant in Company H, was wounded at Chancellorsville in May 1863, and was killed at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863.
c. 1842; Newberry District, SC
08/22/1864; Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
1 Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company H, 13th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols. [AotW citation 24793]
2 Caldwell, James Fitz James, The History of a Brigade of South Carolinians, known first as "Gregg's" and subsequently as "McGowan's Brigade", Marietta (Ga): Continental Book Co., 1866, pg. 48 [AotW citation 24794]