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Confederate (CSV)


William Henry Hartnett

(1843 - 1911)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Giving his age as 20 (he was 17), he enlisted as First Corporal in Company D, 8th Georgia Infantry on 18 May 1861 at Greenville in Meriwether County, GA. He was promoted to Sergeant on 13 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his right forearm in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862; his radius bone broken.

The rest of the War

His shattered radius was removed and he was in a hospital in Staunton, VA by 11 October 1862, then he was furloughed home to at least April 1863. Still disabled, he was detailed as a sub-enrolling officer in Pike County, GA from August 1863 to April 1864. He was elected Captain of Company G, 1st Regiment, Georgia Reserve Infantry (Fannin's) on 18 April 1864, and assigned with them to guard duty at the prison at Andersonville, GA. He was examined by a medical board at Andersonville on 19 September 1864 which confirmed he still was unfit for field duty due to his Sharpsburg wound. He was officially transferred from the 8th Georgia to the First Reserves on 16 January 1865.

After the War

In 1900 he was working a saw mill in Molena, Pike County, GA, but he'd retired in Molena by 1910.

References & notes

His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. He's also seen as W.H. Hartwell. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1900 and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Dora Estelle Bernard (1873-1963) in January 1893; he was 50 she, 20. They had 2 daughters.


11/17/1843 in IRELAND


11/13/1911; in GA; burial in Molena Cemetery, Molena, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 9551]

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 27684]