William Barksdale


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(1821–63) Confederate army officer and U.S. congressman (1852–60), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee. In the Civil War, Barksdale was colonel (eventually brigadier general) of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment at First Bull Run (1861) and in the Peninsular campaign (1862). He led the attack on Malvern Hill (1862), carrying the flag when his standard bearer fell. With Stonewall Jackson at Antietam (1862), Barksdale's regiment sustained heavy casualties; they made courageous stands at Fredericksburg (1862) and Chancellorsville (1863). He fought alongside James Longstreet at Gettysburg (1863) and died on Cemetery Ridge.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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