William Carroll Donnell was only a young child of approx 3-4 yrs old, when his father died. By age 11, he lost his mother, and by age 13, lost his paternal grandmother, Jane Donal, who until that time had been his guardian. He and his two siblings, were then left to the guardianship of their maternal uncle, William Garmany.
Carroll, as he was called, married twice, the first being to Sarah P Lansden on 23 Feb 1847 in Cannon County, Tennessee, by whom he had two children. Then on 6 Dec 1853, he married his second wife who was a double first cousin to Sarah P, and that was to Sarah Elizabeth Lansden. She went by Bettie. They had 4 children before he joined the Civil War and he died in Bartow County, GA on 9 Sep 1863, never returning home.
By 1862, the Civil War came and the following is the turn of events that took place in the area and time frame of William's joining and fighting in this war. He left his family behind, and was off to fight in a war, not knowing that he would not return.
William C Donnell enlisted in the Confederate Army in McMinnville, Tennessee on November 15, 1862 for a 3 yr period under Capt Lansden. (This was Capt Hugh Hill Lansden, MD, who was a first cousin to both of Carroll's wives.) He was first in Co. B, 84th Reg't Tennessee Infantry, and later listed as a 5th Sergeant.
He appears on the "Company Muster Roll" and is shown "present" each month from November 15, 1862 to Jan 1, 1863. He is also marked "Present" for January and February 1863. On March 8, 1863, the 84th and 28th Regiments Consolidated and he was then shown in the 28th Consolidated Reg't Tennessee Vols, Co F. He is marked "Present" for March and April, 1863, May and June is unknown, but for July and August, it states "Absent"; "Returned to Hospital", August 30, 1863, and then marked "Deceased" on September 9, 1863, as name appears on a Register of Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States who were killed in battle, or who died of wounds or disease. It is suspected by me that he was in the hospital in July, (possibly also in May?)...which is why it said "Returned to Hospital" on August 30th. (WAS he in the Tullahoma Campaign from June 23 to July 8, 1863?)
He was in a Confederate Hospital (Kingston Hospital) in Kingston, Georgia when he died, and listed as "Sergeant". Burial location has not been determined, however, it is BELIEVED to be in a 300 grave Confederate Cemetery in Kingston, Georgia, buried as an "Unknown", possibly in a mass grave. Much is known about the belongings of Wm C Donnell while he was in the hospital, so it seems only probable that they would know who he was when he died and where he was buried? This is of great interest to us, and a source of investigation to find the location of his grave. (Kingston is in Bartow County, which is where the present town of Atlanta Metro is today.)
The personal effects that were left when he died include: $15.50; 1 pr pants, valued at $2.00; 1 Jacket, valued at $5.00; 1 coat, valued at $3.00; a knife and several other items that's name or value are not legible on the papers that I have. His Muster Cards for 1863 are signed by "Alex Black". [I am wondering what the connection is to our James Alexander Black? J A Black died in 1835, so he is not suspected.] The Alex Black found in records of McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee, died in 1859, so we don't know for sure who this is?
According to information I received from Allen Bethel regarding the death and burial of W C Donnell, he states the Union Troops were coming and a mass burial must have taken place in preparation for a quick exit. He seems to think there is not a marked grave for W C Donnell?? (Thank you Allen Bethel for sharing all of this info with me and taking the time to GO to Georgia and LOOK for W C Donnell.)
W C Donnell is believed to be buried in Bartow County, Georgia in a mass grave. There is much info found for his Service there, his Hospitalization and death there, but no record of burial has yet been found. According to recent info shared by a Civil War buff, Dr Samuel Hollingsworth Stout was over the hospitals of Tennessee, Georgia, etc and kept excellent records. He also shared that the markers they used then soon rotted, but there were records kept for the Cemetery and Lot. More research is being done now to see if we can determine his exact place of burial.
On Sept 2, 2006, I was told by someone in a query on line, that most of the time Wooden markers were used and many did not survive the war, so, he is quite possibly in one of the marked graves with no name?
City Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia is also referred to as "Citizen's Cemetery", and as "Marietta City Cemetery".
Many of the prominent early residents of Cobb County, and particularly Marietta, are buried there.
"City Cemetery" is one of the only predominantly white cemeteries to have a section for slaves. There are many slaves entombed there, but only four are known by name.
"City Cemetery" is adjacent to "Confederate Cemetery", a cemetery dedicated to the Confederate dead. "Confederate Cemetery", also known as the "Marietta Confederate Cemetery" rests on land donated by Mrs. John H. Glover, the wife of the first mayor of Marietta. The land is now owned and maintained by the State of Georgia. There are 1,027 graves in this cemetery and it is 97% photographed. I find no "Donnell" in it's listing.
There are several thousand graves there which are dedicated to the Confederate dead, with just over 100 actually being identified with marked graves. The identified and unidentified are buried side by side in plots with the deceased from their home states, with the exception of those unidentified who died in the hospital with no way to identify them, and the thousand or so whose units and states are unknown.
Of those identified, the vast majority died in a Confederate Veteran's Home, not unlike the modern-day VA centers, and were buried in the "Confederate Cemetery" with full military honors.
There are two stones in this Cemetery that give honor to fallen Confederate Soldiers and could be of interest to us?? One is for fallen Tennessee Solders of the Confederacy, 325 in all...the other is for Hospital Section, 629 in all....that are buried as stated above. A group maker is placed in their memory, but the picture will not copy and paste.