Civil War Colonel from Mississippi.
42nd Mississippi Infantry, Davis' Brigade, Heth's Division,3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.
A saddler by trade living in DeSoto County, MS, he enlisted 3/27/1861 and was mustered into Company I, 9th MS Infantry as a 1st Sergeant.
During 9/1861 he was elected 1st Lieutenant and served at Pensacola, FL until his Regiment was sent to Knoxville, TN where it was disbanded 4/1862.
Enlisted 5/14/1862 by Captain H.R. Miller at Grenada, MS, for 3 years service or for the duration of the war, he was Commissioned as a Captain.
The Company assigned to him was in succession designated Captain William A. Feeney's, Captain Woollard's, and Company B, 42nd Mississippi Infantry.
He was then elected Major 5/17/1862.
In the Battle of Gettysburg, 7/1/1863, he was severely wounded in the right breast, but eventually recovered, returning to duty.
He was promoted 12/18/1863 to Colonel, and was Regimental Commander of the 42nd MS, 1/1/1864.
William was Killed In Action 5/5/1864 in the Battle of The Wilderness "while nobly discharging his duty".
His widow, Bettie C. Feeney, filed a Settlement Claim 11/20/1864; she was found due $1138.50.
Bio by BigFrench
Created by: EFB III
Record added: Nov 22, 2001
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