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Confederate (CSV)


William Stuart Lightner

(1832 - 1908)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 31st Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 28 year old worker on his parent's farm near Mill Gap in Highland County, VA. He enlisted as a Private in Company E, 31st Virginia Infantry on 11 May 1861 at Monterey.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was on detached service as a teamster January - March 1863. He was captured near Petersburg, VA on 25 March 1865 and held at Point Lookout, MD until he took an oath of allegiance and was released on 28 June 1865.

After the War

By 1880 he was a farmer at Blue Grass in Highland County. In 1900 he was farming in Fauquier County, VA.

References & notes

His service from Ashcraft1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Ralph Parmenter Bennett for the pointer to Private Lightner.

He married Mary Martha Jordan (1849-1899) in August 1867 and they had 4 children.


09/1832; Highland County, VA


12/1908; Fauquier County, VA; burial in Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Goldvein, VA


1   Ashcraft, Jr., John M., 31st Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard, Inc., 1899  [AotW citation 27900]

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 27901]