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Confederate (CSV)


William Izard Clopton

(1839 - 1909)

Home State: Virginia

Education: William & Mary Law School, Class of 1857

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Richmond 'Fayette' (VA) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

A 21 year old lawyer in Richmond, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Battery B, 38th Battalion, Virginia Artillery (the Richmond Fayette Artillery) on 25 May 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 22 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded a detachment of 4 guns of the battery at Crampton's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, while Captain Macon remained with two guns at Bolivar Heights near Harpers Ferry.

The rest of the War

He was absent, ill, in July 1864 and resigned on 1 January 1865, but his request was denied. He surrendered and took the oath of allegiance in Ashland, VA on 21 April 1865.

After the War

He practiced law and was elected City Attorney and, by 1880, State Judge in Manchester (now part of Richmond), VA.

References & notes

Service and other details from Moore.1 His command of the detachment on South Mountain and at Sharpsburg from Artillery Hell,2 citing Edwin Chamberlayne's War History... (1883). Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Alice Baird (1848-1893) in 1868. He married again, Minerva P. “Minnie” Vaden (1864-1942) in 1895.


05/27/1839; Richmond, VA


07/25/1909; Crockett Springs, VA; burial in Maury Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Moore, Robert H. II, The Richmond Fayette, Hampden, Thomas, and Blount's Lynchburg Artillery, Lynchburg: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1991  [AotW citation 29563]

2   Johnson, Curt, and Richard C. Anderson, Artillery Hell: Employment of Artillery at Antietam, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1995, pg. 86  [AotW citation 26266]