Col William “William Particular” Nelson

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Col William “William Particular” Nelson

Birth
Yorktown, York County, Virginia, USA
Death 17 Apr 1892 (aged 83)
Hanover County, Virginia, USA
Burial Doswell, Hanover County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 6130827 · View Source
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William Particular died at Oakland Planation on Easter. The son of Captain Thomas Nelson and Lucy Grimes Nelson was unmarried. He was named after Judge William Nelson.

Captain Nelson was a commander of the Hanover Light Artillery. It was organized in April of 1861. He led the battalion at Gettysburg. The monument on Benner's Hill states that they were not engaged on the first two days, but did expend forty-eight rounds during the battle. Their position near Hanover Road was a long narrow ridge, perpendicular to the Union lines. Not a good position, but the only one available.

Nelson was a noted artillery officer in the Army of Northern Virginia. General Daniel Harvey Hill termed him as one of the best. Nelson commanded his Battalion at Seven Pines and Seven Days. General Pendleton called him gallant and efficient, recommending him for promotion to Colonel, which Nelson received after the Battle of Chancellorsville. He then fought at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. He maintained his reputation for courage and efficiency under General Early at Monocacy, Winchester, and Cedar Creek. Like it's leader, the Nelson Artillery was honorable and illustrious, doing it's duty on every field on which it had the opportunity to serve the South.


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 28 Jan 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6130827
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col William “William Particular” Nelson (19 Dec 1808–17 Apr 1892), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6130827, citing Fork Episcopal Church Cemetery, Doswell, Hanover County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .