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Confederate (CSV)


William David Brown

(1844 - 1933)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A student, age 16, he enlisted as Private, Company A, 15th Virginia Infantry in Richmond on 24 May (or 22 or 23 April) 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot "destroying use of arm" in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to General Hospital #18 in Richmond on 9 (or 31) October and was furloughed home on 7 November. He was discharged for disability - his arm "entirely useless so far as active military duties are concerned" - on 16 January 1863. He reenlisted (possibly drafted) on 26 March 1864 and was "present" on the Company muster roll to at least December 1864. He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital #3 in Richmond on 6 March 1865 for a fever and was among captured soldiers paroled there on 26 April 1865.

After the War

He was a night watchman in Richmond.

References & notes

His service from the Southern Historical Society1 and his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


12/04/1844; Richmond, VA


11/29/1933; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   From an annotated roster of Company A, 15th Virginia Infantry by Captain M.W. Hazlewood, published originally in the Richmond Dispatch of 19 August 1894.
Southern Historical Society, and Rev. John William Jones, Robert Alonzo Brock, James Power Smith, editors, Southern Historical Society Papers, 52 Vols., Richmond: Southern Historical Society, 1876-1959, Vol. 21, pp. 48 - 54  [AotW citation 8861]