|Birth: ||May 6, 1842|
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1863|
Confederate officer. William L. McLeod was born on May 6, 1842, in Swainsboro, Georgia, on the family plantation. He was commissioned Captain of Company C, 38th Georgia Infantry in July 1861. During the Peninsula Campaign the colonel of the regiment was wounded, as were many of the officers. At Antietam, the ranking officer of the regiment was killed putting Capt. McLeod in command and remained in command until after the Battle of Fredericksburg. When he was overlooked for promotion McLeod wrote a stern letter to the division commander in protest. This got him arrested on January 21, 1863 and he remained so through February. The matter was finally resolved and McLeod returned to his command. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, in command of the regiment, but it is not sure when this promotion occurred.
Col. McLeod was mortally wounded at Gettysburg, Pa., July 1, 1863, shot through the temple, during the attack on Barlow's Knoll shortly after crossing Rock Creek by skirmishers of the 153rd Pennsylvania.
McLeod's remains were taken home in 1865, and remained in his mother's parlor for seven years until finally buried in the McLeod Family Cemetery, Swainsboro, Georgia.
McLeod Family Cemetery
Created by: EFB III
Record added: Aug 13, 2008
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