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Confederate (CSV)


William Ross Whitesides

(1844 - 1924)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From the York District, in 1860 he was in Marianna, Florida where his father was working as a wheelwright. On 27 November 1861 he enlisted as Private, Company F, 17th South Carolina Infantry in Columbia, SC.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to 3rd Corporal by August 1864. He was present with his Company for the whole war until he was "captured on the picket line while exchanging papers" near Petersburg, VA on 10 March 1865. He was sent to Point Lookout, MD and released 15 May 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was working on a farm in Bethesda, York County, SC. By 1880 he had moved to Tipton County, Tennessee and he farmed there to at least 1900. In 1910 he was "peddling" poultry, eggs, and butter there and he had retired and was living with his son James by 1920.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records, with his presence at "Boonsboro" and Sharpsburg from Colonel McMaster's list for the 17th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA), as W.R. Whiitesides, online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Wright (1850-1917) in 1868 and they had 6 children.


02/14/1844; Chester District, SC


05/30/1924; Kerrville, TN; burial in Indian Creek Cemetery, Brighton, TN