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Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

William Alexander Stowe

(1832 - 1908)

Home State: North Carolina

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From Gaston County, he enlisted on 1 May 1861 in Company M of the Sixteenth Infantry as First Sergeant. He was promoted to Captain of the Company on 16 June 1861. In the reorganization of the Regiment in April 1862 he was appointed Major, and on 31 May promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Regiment in action at Harpers Ferry and at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was promoted Colonel of the Regiment on 8 December 1863, and served with them to Appomattox in 1865. He was twice wounded during the War: at Gaines Mill (1862) and Chancellorsville (1863).

After the War

He returned to Gaston County and was a planter. He served in the State Legislature for the 1872-76 term.

References & notes

Military service information from Moore's Roster1 with additional biographical detail from Colonels2.


01/31/1832; Lincoln County, NC


06/19/1908; Gaston County, NC; burial in New Hope Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 2, pp. 1, 32  [AotW citation 982]

2   Allardice, Bruce S., Confederate Colonels, Columbia (Mo): University of Missouri Press, 2008, pg. 360  [AotW citation 983]