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William Elbert Dampier

Birth
Lowndes County, Georgia, USA
Death 4 Sep 1861 (aged 21)
Bartow, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Pocahontas County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 177500796 · View Source
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Son of Samuel Dampier and Martha Knight

There is no record of a marriage.

William Dampier enlisted in Company I, 12th Georgia Infantry, June 14, 1861. This unit was recruited in Lowndes County and he enlisted with many of his kinsmen. He is listed as having died at Camp Bartow, Virginia, 4 September 1861.

The 12th Georgia was sent to northern Virginia to regain territory Union forces held - part of the Western Virginia campaign. Confederate forces, including the 12th Georgia, part of Jackson's army and under the command of General Edward Johnson, occupied the site that became Camp Bartow in early September, 1861. They threw up trenches to protect their artillery. It is reported they suffered greatly from disease in part due to cold and rainy weather. It is presumed William Dampier died from disease during these preparations. The Battle of Camp Bartow (also known as the Battle of Greenbrier River) took place 3 October 1861. Not much blood was shed (Union: 8 killed, 35 wounded - Confederate: 6 killed, 38 wounded) with a desultory outcome for both sides.

It is presumed William Dampier is buried with some 82 other Confederate soldiers in unmarked graves in the Confederate cemetery.

References:
- Birth date from family record begun by William's grandfather Warren Dampier
- Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories Georgia http://www.ranger95.com/civil_war/georgia/
- Wikipedia: Battle of Greenbrier River


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  • Created by: Barry Michie
  • Added: 18 Mar 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 177500796
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Elbert Dampier (18 Jan 1840–4 Sep 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 177500796, citing Camp Bartow Confederate Civil War Cemetery, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Barry Michie (contributor 47110636) .