The Resource 1864-1908
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- Willis, Byrd Charles, 1847-1911
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate
- Personal papers -- Virginia | Alexandria
- Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate
- Papers, 1864-1908, of Byrd C. Willis (1847-1911) of Orange County and Alexandria, Virginia, consisting of a diary, 7 April 1864-22 May 1865, detailing his service in Company B, 9th Virginia Cavalry, account for 29 October 1864-22 May 1865 was written 14 years later, diary also has writing on front and back covers; Circular No. 2, 18 May 1865, Headquarters, Sub-District of the Rappahannock, Fredericksburg, Virginia, by Col. E. V. Sumner, 1st New York Mounted Rifles, regarding "Guerillas, Horse-Thieves, and Marauders; a parole, 22 May 1865, of Willis of 9th Virginia Cavalry; an oath of allegiance, 22 May 1865, of Willis; and recollections of the war, 23 December 1908, by Willis
- Circular No. originally had been sewn into the diary on the last page with writing, and Willis's oath of allegiance had been sewn onto the diary's very last page
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- Byrd Charles Willis was born 5 April 1847 in Pensacola, Florida, to George Willis (1809-1861) and Sally Innes Smith Willis (1820-1881). He attended Virginia Military Institute, but resigned to enter the Confederate Army. He enlisted 1 April 1864 in Company B, 9th Virginia Cavalry, and was wounded at the battle of Spotsylvania. Willis took the oath of allegiance and was paroled 22 May 1865. He lived in Alabama after the war, where he married Lelia Mann (1857-1880) 30 April 1876, before returning to Orange County, Virginia. They had 3 children. Willis married Ann Crenshaw (1861-1951) 30 December 1894. Willis lived at Clarens in Fairfax County, then moved to Alexandria, Virginia. He died in Richmond 19 December 1911, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
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