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William Barksdale

Date of Birth:      August 21, 1821
Hometown:         Smyrna, TN
Education:           University of Nashville
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     July 3, 1863
Place of Death:    Gettysburg, PA
Buried At:           Jackson, MS

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg

Interesting Fact(s):    Prior to the war, Barksdale would study law and edit the Columbus, MS, Democrat newspaper.  With the outbreak of hostilities, he would become colonel, of the 13th Mississippi Infantry.  He would participate in all the major battles, in the eastern theater, with the Army of Northern Virginia.  Barksdale would be promoted brigadier general, prior to Antietam, and would lead his brigade with courage, and skill.  At Fredericksburg, Barksdale's detached brigade, would be positioned, along the Rappahannock River, and would delay the Union from deploying pontoon bridges from the east side.  When the Federals finally stormed into Fredericksburg, Barksdale's Brigade, would fight the larger Union force, through the streets of downtown, as they retreated to Marye's Heights, beyond town.  Barksdale would be mortally wounded, on July 2, 1863, leading his brigade in James Longstreet's attack, against the Union left, at Gettysburg, PA.  He would die, the next day, behind the Union lines.

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