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Confederate (CSV)


William Roby DeLoach

(1843 - 1910)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Son of a physician in Livingston, Sumter County, AL, he enlisted there as a Private in Company B (later renamed G), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 August 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was in Richmond hospitals from June into August 1863 with incontinence, treated for a gunshot in a Charlottesville, VA hospital in December, and absent sick or on furlough from before July 1864 to October 1864, when he was listed as absent without leave with no later record with the 5th Alabama.

He was appointed First Lieutenant and aide-de-camp to Patterson's Brigade (probably Colonel Josiah Patterson, 5th Alabama Cavalry) and was captured at Lawrence County, AL on 10 August 1864. He was briefly held in Louisville, KY then sent to Johnson's Island, OH. He was released after taking an oath of allegiance on 16 June 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was a farmer in Sumter County, AL but by 1880 he lived in Livingston and was the county tax assessor there. He had been a probate judge in Sumter County, AL for more than 20 years at the time of his death at age 67 in 1910.

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, the US Census of 1870-1910, and the Confederate Veteran,2, source also of a post-war photograph. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Susan Thornton Gibbs (1842-1933) in October 1867 and they had 5 children.

He later said he was appointed Captain of a company of "independent scouts" assigned to "Forrest's Cavalry", captured at Decatur, AL, and a prisoner at Johnson's Island, OH until released in July 1865.

His brother Dr. Alfred Burton Deloach, Jr. (1837-1891) had service in the First Texas Infantry and as Assistant Surgeon, CSA during the war.


06/04/1843; Morgan County, AL


08/05/1910; Memphis, TN; burial in Myrtlewood Cemetery, Livingston, 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 28097]

2   United Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-00, Vol. 19, No. 4 (April 1911), pg. 177  [AotW citation 28098]