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William Simmons Melvin
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1824
Death: Jan. 15, 1911

Company "K" was known as the "Bladen Guards" and served along with Company "B" Bladen Light Infantry" plus companies from Columbus, Richmond, Robeson and New Hanover Counties. The 18th North Carolina Regiment was assigned to the brigade of General Laurence O'Brian Branch until his death at Sharpaburg. The brigade then was commanded by Gen. James H. Lane. Col. Thomas J. Purdie of Bladen commanded the "18th" until his death at Chancellorsville in one of the most important battles of the Civil War in which over 12000 Confederates and 17000 federals were casualties The 18th earned the name of the "Bloody 18th" in the Battle of Hanover Court House, which, incidentally, was where Capt. Wiley John Sykes, uncle of DANIEL's wife,was killed leading a charge against the enemy lines (see pp.289 and 292 of Lest We Forget). Assigned to Gen. A.P. Hill's famed !'Light Brigade", the 18th served under Gen. Stonewall Jackson until his death ? it is probable that the shots fired at Jackson resulting in his death were by members of the 18th according to accounts of the incident (see on page 18 of Lest We Forget the mention of Lt. Arthur Smith of Bladen County catching the general in his arms and removing him from his horse when he was wounded). Company "K" at the surrender at Appomatox had the following listed: First Lt, E. N. Robeson; Sgts. S.N. Richardson, W. H. King, A. McNeill; Corporal J.A. Cromartie, Daniel Melvin Sutton; Prvts. W. N. Anderson, Jesse F. Bloodworth, Steven Thadus Buie, J.C. Kinlaw, William Simmons Melvin, D. Murphy, N. Sikes, John Dunham for a total of only 14 men.

(William Simmons Melvin was paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia April 9, 1865) ( Enlisted April 26, 1861 at Elizabethtown, North Carolina) (Greta Whitfield speaking at a Melvin reunion at White Oak stated that William Simmons Melvin said that he was part of a group of CSA Soldiers that fired on Stonewall Jackson. W. S. said that they heard horses coming and challenged the riders for a password. They did not respond so they started firing thinking that they were yankees) 
Family links: 
  James Melvin (1797 - 1881)
  Miriam Melvin (1804 - 1881)
  Eliza S. Beard Melvin (1823 - 1891)
  Sophia E Mitchell Melvin (1858 - 1944)*
  Margaret Ann Melvin Bullard (1853 - 1941)*
  William Franklin Melvin (1858 - 1930)*
  John Beard Melvin (1884 - 1942)*
  Andrew Royal Melvin (1896 - 1991)*
  Sidney Howard Melvin (1899 - 1906)*
  William Simmons Melvin (1824 - 1911)
  Isham Melvin (1838 - 1856)*
  Henry Melvin (1840 - 1898)**
  Infant Son Melvin (1842 - 1842)*
  Daniel Miles Melvin (1844 - 1931)*
  James M Melvin (1887 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Peters Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Frank Melvin
Record added: Dec 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23564462
William Simmons Melvin
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William Simmons Melvin
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William Simmons Melvin
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2 Timothy 4:2New Living Translation (2007)Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
- Jim Franklin
 Added: Apr. 21, 2013

- Frank Melvin
 Added: Jan. 1, 2008

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