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Confederate (CSA)


William Washington Myers

(1832 - 1896)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Rowan (NC) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 26 year old dry goods clerk in Salisbury, Rowan County, NC, probably in his brother Abraham's store, and lived with other store employees including J.F. Woodard. He and Woodard were commissioned 2nd Lieutenants of Company D - the Rowan Artillery - First North Carolina Light Artillery (10th Regiment State Troops) on 8 May 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant a week later on 16 May.

On the afternoon of the 24th [of May] the ladies of Salisbury presented a rich and beautiful flag to the "Rowan Artillery". Miss Martha McRorie made a most beautiful address. Captain Ramsay made a capital speech in reply, not exceeding one minute in length. "He is a man for action not words" [said the Carolina Watchman of 27 May 1861].

On the Campaign

He commanded the left section (of howitzers) of the battery on the Campaign. At Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 he was without ammunition until 2 p.m. then engaged on the far right of the Confederate line, near the town. One of his guns was disabled in that action and withdrawn by hand.

The rest of the War

He was surrendered and paroled at Salisbury, NC on 14 June 1861.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a commission merchant Richmond, VA.

References & notes

His service from the Roster,1 and Clark,2 source also of the quote above. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Martha E McRorie (1842-1929) in Rowan County, NC in February 1865 and they had 9 children.


1832 in VA


1896; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 28809]

2   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 1, pp. 562, 574  [AotW citation 28810]