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Confederate (CSV)


WIlliam Hopkins Betts

(1836 - 1898)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 24 year old overseer on his parent's large farm at Burnt Corn in Monroe County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company D (later renamed C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 May 1861 at Pensacola, FL.

On the Campaign

He was left behind, sick, at Frederick, MD on 10 September 1862 and captured there.

The rest of the War

He was treated at US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick to 19 September and was paroled and back in Richmond, VA by 30 September 1862. He was captured again, on 19 or 20 July 1863, in Berkeley County, VA (now WV) and was sent to Camp Chase, OH. He was transferred to Fort Delaware on 20 February 1864 and was released on 10 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. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Virginia E Moseley (1845-1918) in December 1869 and they had two sons.


01/18/1836; Hancock County, GA


03/13/1898; burial in Puryearville Cemetery, Peterman, 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 28106]