(1841 - 1862)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
He was an original member of the Monticello Volunteers, a Fairfield militia company organized for 6-months State service in January 1861, and was among the members who went to Virginia later that year. He then enlisted as Corporal, Company F, 12th South Carolina Infantry in September 1861 and was appointed First Sergeant, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September.
The rest of the War
He was originally buried "in Capt. David Smith's Orchard northeast corner" on the battlefield at Sharpsburg, and probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.
References & notes
Burial information from Pruett,1 as W. E. Willingham. His service from the Fairfield News and Herald of 20 November 1889 (roll of the Monticello Volunteers), his Compiled Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database, the Rolls,2 and Lt. J.R. Boyles' Reminiscences of the Civil War (1890), the latter two as Edward W. Willingham. Personal details from family genealogists. His brothers John and Joseph were also in Company F.
04/23/1841; Fairfield District, SC
09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
1 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 5029]
2 Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company F, 12th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols. [AotW citation 24326]