William Crawford Collins

William Crawford Collins

Death 13 Aug 1861 (aged 28–29)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Comer, Madison County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 29926303 · View Source
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NOTE: He was the first member of the 16th Georgia to die during service. Date on tombstone is incorrect. Official records indicate he died Aug 13, 1861 at Richmond Virginia in the service of the CSA.

William Crawford Collins was born in 1834 in Madison County Georgia to parents John W and Phoebe Hudson Collins. He married Amanda Elmyra Porterfield and the couple had at least three children.

In the summer of 1861, William Crawford Collins enlisted into the "Madison Greys" which became Company A of the 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry. The company was raised in Madison County, Georgia by James S Gholston who became its Captain.

In early July 1861, William Crawford Collins boarded the cars with the rest of his company at Athens Georgia. They traveled to Virginia where he is recorded as being mustered into service July 11, 1861 at Richmond, VA. Once in Richmond, the 16th Georgia was encamped at the Old Fairgrounds where they established "Camp Cobb" named after their Colonel Howell Cobb.

Most of the men of the 16th Georgia were farmers before the war. Having lived in fairly isolated, rural areas, they had not been exposed to the many diseases to which they were exposed in the City of Richmond. Living in tight quarters and relatively primitive conditions, many became ill from a variety of maladies including measles, diarrhea, ‘vaccination disease’, intermittent fever, typhoid, congestive chills, and the like.

During the first three months in Richmond, more than 30 men died of disease. William Crawford Collins died of disease on August 13, 1861 about a month after arriving in Richmond. He was the first man of the 16th Georgia to die during service.

Listed on the roster of Company A "Madison Greys" 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry as follows:

Collins, William C- private July 11, 1861. Died of disease in camp at Richmond, Va. August 13,1861

William Crawford Collins was one of a handful of men whose remains were sent home or retrieved by family for burial. Almost all of the men who died in Richmond were interred in Hollywood and Oakwood Cemetery near the hospitals in Richmond.

Claim for pay due to him was filed by his widow stating "he died on 7 Aug 1861 in Richmond, VA of typhoid fever contracted while in service."

*******I have no idea why his tombstone says he died in 1860? He is recorded in official records as having died in service Aug 13, 1861 and claim filed by his widow states Aug 7, 1861.***********

He is also listed here with the same burial location, wife, children and correct DOD.
Submitted by Charlotte Bond
3 Jul 2004

COLLINS, William Crawford
Pvt Inf Co A Reg 16th Madisn Co Greys GA
Enlisted: 11 Jul 1861
Reference: Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of GA
Born: 1834, Madison Co, GA
Parents: John W. & Phoebe Hudson Collins
Died: 13 Aug 1861, Richmond, VA
Buried: Old Lystra Cemetery, Danielsville, Madison Co, GA
Spouse: PORTERFIELD, Amanda Elmyra, born 17 Dec 1835, Madison Co, GA
Married: 21 Aug 1853, Madison Co, GA
Children: Artie Lissie b 14 Dec 1855 d age 5,
William Jones b 16 Apr 1857 d 10 Nov 1926
Elmyra Callander b 14 Mar 1860 d 15 Apr 1954
m Jeremiah Sandford Hall

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  • Maintained by: On the Trail
  • Originally Created by: Andrea Maloney
  • Added: 19 Sep 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 29926303
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Crawford Collins (1832–13 Aug 1861), Find a Grave Memorial no. 29926303, citing Lystra Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Comer, Madison County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by On the Trail (contributor 47231429) .