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Confederate (CSA)


William P. Barclay

(? - 1862)

Home State: Georgia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A lawyer in Union County, he was originally Lieutenant Colonel of the 23rd Georgia Infantry on its organization in September 1861, and was elected Colonel on 12 June 1862 on the resignation of Colonel Hutcherson.

On the Campaign

He commanded the 23rd Georgia Infantry regiment on the Maryland Campaign and he was killed on 17 September at "the head" of his troops. He had been cited for "especial credit" by brigade commander Colquitt for having "met and defeated the fiercest assaults of the enemy" at Turner's Gap on the 14th.

References & notes

His service from Henderson.1

Older brother of Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Elihu S. Barclay, Phillips Legion Infantry.


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. 2, pg. 1009  [AotW citation 21897]