(c.1843 - 1862)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 17 year old farmer on his widowed mother's place in Pike County, GA; the oldest child of 5 still at home. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 at Griffin, GA, as did his brother George W Irvin.
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
References & notes
His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. He's also seen as William P. Irwin. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His picture is from a slightly damaged photograph contributed by Rachael Weitnauer to Keith S. Bohannon's essay on Confederate logistical problems in The Antietam Campaign.3
His mother Nancy Orena (Williams) Irvin (1813-1892) applied for his final pay in November 1862, and noted that William had neither wife nor children. His brother George (b. 1842) probably survived the war.
c.1843; Pike County, GA
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 [AotW citation 7206]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 27679]
3 Gallagher, Gary W., Editor, The Antietam Campaign, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999, pg. 118 [AotW citation 27680]