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W. Barksdale

W. Barksdale

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

William Barksdale

(1821 - 1863)

Home State: Mississippi

Education: University of Nashville

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Barksdale's Brigade


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

Lawyer, editor and US Congressman (resigned Jan 61). He had served in the US Army in the Mexican War. In March 1861 he resigned his Congressional seat and was appointed Quartermaster General of Mississippi Army, then Col. of the 13th Mississippi Regiment. At First Manassas, Peninsula campaign, and Seven Days battles at their head. In August 1862 he was promoted to BGen.

On the Campaign

Led Barksdale's Brigade in McLaws' Division which was moved up from Lee's reserve early in the morning of the 17th to reinforce Jackson near the Dunker Church. In the thick of the fighting there he led from the front.

The rest of the War

He contined in command of his Brigade at Fredericksburg Chancellorsville and Gettysburg where he was mortally wounded in the Second Day assault on the Federal left flank at the Devil's Den and Little Round Top. He died there on July 3 1863.


08/21/1821; Smyrna, TN


7/3/1863; Gettysburg, PA; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi