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Confederate (CSV)


William Gillespie

(1832 - 1926)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 31st Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 19 year old farm worker on his parent's place near Green Bank, Pocahontas County, VA. He enlisted there as a Private in Company G, 31st Virginia Infantry on 29 May 1861 along with his brother Valentine.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was paroled on 21 September 1862 but was listed as absent without leave in November 1862 with no later military record.

After the War

He was a miner in Yavapai County, AZ by 1888 and was admitted as a resident to the Arizona Pioneers' Home, Prescott, AZ on 1 June 1920. He died there, unmarried, from liver and stomach cancer in 1926.

References & notes

His service from Ashcraft,1 as William S. Gillespie, and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


01/23/1842; Green Bank, VA


03/30/1926; Prescott, AZ; burial in Arizona Pioneers Home Cemetery, Prescott, AZ


1   Ashcraft, Jr., John M., 31st Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard, Inc., 1899  [AotW citation 27926]

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 27927]