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Confederate (CSV)


William Madison Buckalew

(1835 - 1916)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 24 year old farmer at Grove Hill, Clarke County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company A (renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 16 March 1862 at Grove Hill (or Orange Court House, VA).

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 a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded by a piece of shell to his left hand and hip on 14 October 1863 and furloughed home to Clarke County, AL for 40 days on 21 October. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his neck/shoulder and/or left leg, and captured in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864, held briefly in the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC, then sent to Elmira, NY in July. He was released on 16 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer in Clarke County. In 1910 he was living with his daughter Rhody (Rhoda) and her family and helping to work their farm at Choctaw Corner in Clarke County.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 also as Buckelew, Buckaloo, Buckalow, Bucklew, Bucklin and Buckey, online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from the Alabama Archives2, the Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers (1907), family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, 1880-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone has him as W.M. Bucklew with his birth in 1832.

He married Mary Jane Stephens (1838-1906) in January 1867 and they had 6 boys and a girl.


04/06/1835; Linden, AL


07/31/1916; Clarke County, AL; burial in Henley Cemetery, Fulton, 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 28077]

1   State of Alabama, State Archives, and Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, director, and staff, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Published c.2000, first accessed 08 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 28078]