(c. 1837 - 1917)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry
In 1860 he was a 23 year old farmer in southern Lowndes County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company E (later M) of the 6th Alabama Infantry on 31 March 1861 at Hayneville, and transferred or reenlisted in Company K, 5th Alabama Infantry at Hayneville on 2 April 1862. He was in a Danville, VA hospital, sick, from 15 May to 20 July.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 and captured there on the 15th.
The rest of the War
He was held at Fort Delaware to 2 October 1862, when he was sent to Aiken's Landing. He was declared exchanged there on 10 November 1862. He was in a Richmond Hospital until furloughed for 30 days on 18 October 1862. He was absent, sick with hepatitis and other ailments in hospitals or on furlough for much of 1863 and 1864, and was in a hospital in Winchester, VA in October 1864, the last record in his military file.
After the War
In 1880 he was Deputy Sheriff at Groesbeck in Limestone County, TX, and by 1889 was the County Treasurer.
References & notes
His service from the State of Alabama1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3, also as O. Willey and O. Wylie. He's listed as killed on South Mountain in a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists, the Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas (1889), and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Margaret "Maggie" McCall (1840-1893) in September 1858 and they had 5 children. He married again, Addie G Hannon (1865-1944) in March 1894 and they had a son Roddy Rawls Wiley (1897-1958).
c. 1837; Dallas County, AL
04/15/1917; Limestone County, TX; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood, TX
1 State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <https://archives.alabama.gov/research/CivilWarService.aspx>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=219496 [AotW citation 25630]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 27973]