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Pvt William Reed Beasley
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Birth: Aug. 22, 1838
Dale County
Alabama, USA
Death: May 12, 1864
Spotsylvania County
Virginia, USA

Paternal grandparents were Pvt. Austin Beasley, Sr. (a Revolutionary War Soldier & large land owner), and Polly Mary Hollingsworth Carroll Beasley. Maternal grandparents were William C. "Buck" and Elander Martha Reed Powell.

Per Washington, D.C. records reviewed by his grandson, William Reed Beasley enlisted in the Civil War on August 19th, 1862 in Newton, Dale County, Alabama. He enlisted in the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Co. F. His name appears on a register at Chimborazo Confederate Hospital, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia for "catarack". Admitted March 19th, 1863. Returned to duty March 27th, 1863. His name appears on a list of casualties of 15th Regiment Alabama Infantry, March 5th, 1865. Date of reception of wound, May 12th, 1864. Remarks; killed at Spotsylvania.

Andrew N. Agerton was fighting next to William Reed Beasley (brother-in-law) at Spotsylvania, Virginia and sent word to his family. "On May 12th, 1864 , we were pinned down in a stockade. About 4 o'clock in the afternoon, there was a lull in the fighting. It got quiet and Bill (William Reed Beasley) decided to peep over the fence. It was a fatal decision. A Yankee soldier blew his head off". William Reed Beasley was the oldest child of Austin and Eleanor Reed Powell Beasley.

15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry

Civil War Soldier details

Company F, 15th Alabama Infantry, Law's Brigade, Field's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.

Residence Dale County AL; 22 years old.
Enlisted on 8/19/1862 at Dale County, AL., he was mustered into as a Private. Present at or fought in all of his unit's conflicts from Fredericksburg, Virginia 13 Dec 1862 through The Wilderness, Virginia 6 May 1864.
He was Killed In Action in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, VA. near Spindle Field.

(Maintained & Bio by: K. Ned Beasley, 1st cousin 4 times removed of Rural Hall, North Carolina and Mark Beasley, great-great-nephew of Edgewood, New Mexico). (bio by: BigFrench) 
Family links: 
  Austin Beasley (1812 - 1890)
  Eleanor Reed Powell Beasley (1820 - 1901)
  Sarah "Caroline" Wall Langford (1840 - ____)*
  Martha Anthony Beasley White (1861 - 1938)*
  William Shadrack Beasley (1862 - 1947)*
  William Reed Beasley (1838 - 1864)
  John Beasley (1840 - 1848)*
  Austin "Tolbey" Beasley (1842 - 1848)*
  Female Child Beasley (1843 - 1846)*
  Anna Martha Beasley Agerton (1844 - 1932)*
  Everett Bass Beasley (1846 - 1907)*
  Nancy Bush Beasley Lawrence (1849 - 1922)*
  Ellen Caroline Beasley Langford (1851 - 1905)*
  George Russell Beasley (1853 - 1931)*
  Irenia Missouri Beasley Mauldin (1856 - 1892)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Beasley Willis (1864 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery
Spotsylvania County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Alabama State Section
Maintained by: K. Ned Beasley
Originally Created by: BigFrench
Record added: Apr 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18999651
Pvt William Reed Beasley
Added by: BigFrench
Pvt William Reed Beasley
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Dear Pvt. Beasley: May your limited time on earth help us to remember that our lives are not measured in days lived but how well we lived each day...your memory lives on and we will never forget our Confederate dead! RIP PVT Beasley-M. Chase, SCV Camp 15...(Read more)
- Monty Chase
 Added: Apr. 14, 2015

- grave hunter
 Added: Jul. 27, 2014

- BigFrench
 Added: Feb. 15, 2014
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