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Confederate (CSV)


William Edward Leslie

(1838 - 1872)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 21 year old store clerk working for his merchant father John Leslie at Burnt Corn in Monroe County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company D (later renamed C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 March 1861 at Pineville, 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 wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and was captured again, at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He was held at Fort Delaware to 22 October 1863, then at Point Lookout, MD. He was released for exchange on 16 February 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was the Probate Clerk at Dennard's Bluff in Monroe County, AL. He died about two years later, relatively young at age 33.

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 and 1870. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah Jane Packer (1849-1879) in September 1866 and they had 4 children.


11/21/1838; Monroe County, AL


02/02/1872; Monroeville, AL; burial in Baptist Cemetery, Monroeville, AL


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 28021]