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Confederate (CSV)


William H. Hatcher

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as a Private in Company G (renamed F), 5th Alabama Infantry on 10 April 1861 in Cahaba, AL. He was sick at Union Mills, VA to September 1861 and wounded by gunshots to his right thigh and left arm in action at Seven Pines, VA on 31 May 1862, but was back with his Company in July.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was promoted to 1st Corporal on 1 May 1863 and captured again, at Chancellorsville, VA, on 3 May 1863 and exchanged at City Point, VA on 10 May. He was captured for the third time in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864, a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD and Elmira, NY and exchanged on 15 March 1865. He was captured for the last time in a Richmond, VA hospital (suffering with scurvy) on 3 April and paroled from Libby Prison on 22 April 1865.

References & notes

His service from Fry,1 the State of Alabama,2 and his Compiled Service Records,3 online from fold3.


1   Fry, Anna M. Gayle, Memories of Old Cahaba, Nashville (Tenn): Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South, 1905, pp. 109 - 120  [AotW citation 9414]

3   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 28048]