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Confederate (CSV)


William Coleman Moody

(1836 - 1927)

Home State: Mississippi

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a physician's son, living in Tippah County, Mississippi in 1850 (then age 13). He enlisted as Private, Company B, 2nd Mississippi, 1 May 1861, then age 24. He listed his occupation as druggist. He was elected 2nd Lt of his company on 21 April 1862 in the Army reorganization.

On the Campaign

He became commanding officer of the Regiment after all the field officers had been wounded on 17 September at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in July or August 1863. He was wounded in the right leg and captured at Gettysburg on 3 July 1863. He was then imprisoned at Johnson's Island, Ohio, and was exchanged on 14 March 1865.

After the War

He was living in Lamar County, TX by 1869, had 10 children by 1891, and was a practicing physician there. He was living in Greenville, Hunt County, TX by the Census of 1900. His wife Mary E. "Mollie" Lea Moody (b. 1848) died there in 1906. He moved to Arkansas by 1920.

References & notes

Sources: service record data compiled by Maj. Michael R. Brasher, and posted on his superb 2nd Mississippi website; and
the 1850 Federal Census for Tippah County, Mississippi, posted online for the US GenWeb Archives by Don Erickson. Further details from family genealogists and his gravesite on Findagrave.

Note: Identification of William C. Moody as the "Lt. Moody" identified in the ORs as relieving Col Stone in command of the regiment is an assumption: he is the only Moody known in the unit at that rank at Sharpsburg. We have no direct evidence confirming or denying this.


12/20/1836; Ripley, MS


04/05/1927; Bentonville, AR; burial in East Mount Cemetery, Greenville, TX