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Confederate (CSV)


William Wesley Covin

(1843 - 1933)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 17 year old on his mother's farm at Hogansville in Troup County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company K, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 in Griffin, GA.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured there.

The rest of the War

He was paroled near Shepherdstown, VA on 29 September 1862 and was on furlough from 19 November 1862 to 28 March 1863. He was detailed as a teamster by May 1863 and to at least December 1863, and assigned as Ambulance Sergeant to the Brigade train in August 1863. He was back with his Company by August 1864 but was on a furlough of indulgence in Troup County, GA in February 1865, and could not get back to his unit by the time of the surrender in April.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer, chiefly of cotton, at Hogansville, GA. In 1930 he was retired and living with his son Henry and his family, still in Hogansville.

References & notes

His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3, also as W.W. Coven and Corporal W.W. Coom. Personal details from his 1903, 1907, and 1913 indigent and soldier's pension applications, online from the Georgia Archives; family genealogists - source also of a late-life photograph of him; the US Census of 1860-1930; and a piece about "successful [high-intensity] farming" in the Southern Weekly Banner of 18 October 1881 [online]. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Lucy Anna Hines (1850-1914) in November 1863 in Chambers County, AL, and they had 6 children.


01/30/1843; Hogansville, GA


01/11/1933; Hogansville, GA; burial in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Hogansville, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 7318]

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 28354]