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Confederate (CSV)


William E. McCarty

(c. 1843 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 17 years old and lived in Eufaula in Barbour County, AL with his father Methodist Episcopal minister William Allen McCarty (1819-1904) and 6 siblings. He enlisted as a Private in Company E (later M) of the 6th Alabama Infantry on 23 March 1861 at Lowndesboro, and transferred or reenlisted in Company K, 5th Alabama Infantry at Hayneville on 24 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right leg in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 and captured there.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated, probably in a nearby field hospital, and he was admitted to US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD on 28 November. He was transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for exchange on 5 December and sent on to Fortress Monroe, VA on 8 December 1862. He was in a hospital in Petersburg, VA by 10 December and was furloughed home on the 19th, "permanently disabled."

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. He's listed as killed on South Mountain in a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860.


c. 1843 in AL


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=129430, etc.  [AotW citation 25631]

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 27974]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.496  [AotW citation 25636]