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William Bailey Chowning
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Birth: Aug. 1, 1841
Death: Apr. 20, 1907

55th Virginia Volunteer Infantry - CSA
He was in the War Between the States all four years. He was captured just before Gettysburg and sent to Ft. Delaware. He was exchanged and fought again. He was paroled at Appomattox. His father was James H. Chowning and his mother was Ann C.D. Games. He was living in Baltimore at the time of his death.

Per Richard O'Sullivan;
Eldest son of a wealthy planter and slave owner in Middlesex Co.. Born, 8/1/41. Enlisted in Co. B, 55th Va., 5/24/61. Co. B was a field battery and while it formed part of the 55th, William served as one of its limber drivers. The battery transferred out of the regiment on 4/28/62 and operated as part of Lindsay Walker's artillery battalion until disbanded on 10/4/62. After that William was assigned to Marmaduke Johnson's Battery (later known as Clutter's Battery) and served with it for the remainder of the war. He was admitted to hospital in Richmond on 10/18/62, but had returned to duty by the new year of '63. Present for duty then on all rolls until captured in Pa. during the advance to Gettysburg, on 6/28/63. Paroled from Fort Delaware and returned to the Confederacy in the spring of '64. Granted a 60 day furlough, 5/9/64. Soon after his return to duty he was wounded, on 8/11/64 and spent the next eight months detailed for light work at Chimborazo No1, Richmond. Returned to front line duty, 3/25/65 and surrendered with Lee at Appomattox, 4/9/65. Married Elizabeth "Bettie" A. Garrett in 1868 (3 children). Neither William, nor his father appear on the 1870 census, but it seems clear the war had been the ruination of the family. By 1880 William had moved to Baltimore, Md. and was working as a clerk on a steamboat. In 1900 he was still there, working as a collector of insurance premiums. 
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  Mary Lee Chowning Shorter (1881 - 1968)*
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Hermitage Baptist Church Cemetery
Church View
Middlesex County
Virginia, USA
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Nov 19, 2006
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