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Confederate (CSV)


William L. Williams

(c. 1834 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 26 year old farmer near Grove Hill in Clarke County, AL. He enlisted there as a Private in Company A (later renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 16 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his left knee 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 paroled on 2 October, admitted to US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD on 18 October, and transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore on 25 October. He was sent to Fortress Monroe (or Aiken's Landing), VA for exchange on the 27th. He was admitted to a Richmond, VA hospital on 31 October and furloughed for 30 days on 13 November 1862.

He was home on wounded furlough into May 1863, then detailed as a cooper to the CS Commissary Department. He was medically retired on 5 March 1865 for his old wound. He was captured in a hospital in Richmond, VA on 3 April 1865, in Libby Prison to 23 April, then at Newport News, VA until he was released on 24 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Further wound and hospital details from the Patient List,2 as W.S. Williams. Personal details from the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1834; Gwinnette County, GA


1   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 27996]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.140  [AotW citation 27997]