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Confederate (CSV)


William E. Cree

(c. 1844 - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 16 years old and living with his parents near Rehoboth in Wilcox County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company D (later renamed C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 29 July 1861 at Bells Landing, AL.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware until paroled on 2 October, then sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged to return to duty on 10 November 1862. He was captured again, at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863 and was again a prisoner at Fort Delaware until sent to Point Lookout, MD in October 1863. He was transferred to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 18 September 1864, but was admitted to Howard's Grove General Hospital in Richmond, VA with scorbutus (scurvy) on the 24th, and died there on 2 (or 3) October 1864. His only possession, a blanket.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860.


c. 1844 in AL


10/02/1864; Richmond, VA


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 28015]