William enlisted into the Confederacy in Kickapoo, Anderson County, Texas, on March 10, 1862. He was assigned to Captain Gaston's Company H, First Regiment, Texas Volunteers, Commanded by Col. A. T. Rainey, HOOD'S TEXAS BRIGADE. He was in the same company as his three brothers, Joseph, George and Nathan and brother-in-law, Theodore R. Oldham who was killed in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run and two future brothers-in-law, Thomas R. Edwards, and Warren N. Haynes. William was killed six months later in The Battle of Antietam. His brother, Joseph, died of wounds received in the same battle and is buried in Stonewall Confederate Cemetery Section of Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia. His other brothers, George and Nathan and future brothers-in-law, Thomas and Warren all lived through the war.
On December 26, 1862, their father, Barnett Hollingsworth, wrote a letter to THE CONFEDERATE STATES for the purpose of obtaining from the Government of the Confederate States, whatever may have been due them [William and Joseph] at the time of their deaths or other allowances for their service as privates.
The results of that letter was:
THE CONFEDERATE STATES,
To Wm Hollingsworth, deceased late private of Capt. Gaston's Co., H. 1st Reg't Texas Vols. For pay from June 30th, 1862 when last paid to Sept. 17th, 1862 date of death, 2 months and 17 days @ $11 per month, $28.23. Commutation for clothing, $25.00. [Totals] $53.23.
Payable to Bedford Parks, Attorney of Barnet Hollingsworth, father of said deceased.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, Second Auditor's Office
June 30, 1863
Wm. S. Gilman, Clerk
[It is interesting to note that Bedford Parks had fought in the same company as William]
-Bio by Strain Hilton Armstrong
DISCLAMER: There is no evidence that William is buried in this cemetery...he is probably buried in a mass grave somewhere on the battle field, perhaps in the cornfield, but I felt that he was deserving of a memorial to honor his having died here!
Lucy Hollingsworth Strain
Sarah Elizabeth Hollingsworth Oldham
1831 – unknown
Joseph Coleman Hollingsworth
Elisabeth Hollingsworth Edwards
Caroline Hollingsworth Haynes
Samuel D. Strain Hollingsworth
Lillie Ann Hollingsworth Hightower
Robert L Hollingsworth
Mary J. Hollingsworth Goodson
Roland Glen Hollingsworth