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Confederate (CSV)


William H. Mathews

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 20 year old farmer on his parent's substantial place at Marion in Perry County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company G (later renamed F), 5th Alabama Infantry on 10 April 1861 in Cahaba, AL. He was wounded at Seven Pines, VA in June 1862 and furloughed home.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds on 19 September 1862 at a field hospital near Sharpsburg. His father Abram filed for his final pay of $206.46 on 10 April 1863 and received payment in September 1864.

References & notes

His service from Fry,1 the State of Alabama,2 and his Compiled Service Records,3 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his birth in Perry County, and the US Census of 1860.


06/18/1840; Dallas County, AL


09/19/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


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 9418]

2   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: various  [AotW citation 15784]

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 28090]