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Fortner shares memory of great-grandnephew from Civil War era

Published on Saturday, May 26, 2012

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William T. Fortner joined the Confederates States of America in 1862 at age 16.

William T. Fortner joined the Confederates States of America in 1862 at age 16.

William T. Fortner was the great-grandnephew of Greer’s Don Fortner.

Don Fortner wrote: William T. Fortner joined the Confederates States of America in 1862 at age 16. He fought in many battles, was captured several times and eventually released in a prisoner swap. He later died at Winder Hospital in Richmond, Va. He is buried in the CSA area of Hollywood Cemetery near Richmond. He enlisted at Pickens, SC. and never returned home …

“Descriptive list of prisoners of war captured by the Army of the Potamac from June 26 to July 1, 1862 and forwarded to Columbus, N.Y.H. July 3, 1862”

William T. Fortner

 Enlisted 26 March 1862 Camp Pemberton 3 years of war

Co H  S. C. Rifles 2 Reg.

Age 16, height 5 ft., hair light, eyes blue, complexion light

Captured before Richmond, June 28, 1862. Sent to Fort Delaware, July 9, 1862.

In the Seven Days battle before Richmond Virginia June 27 & 30 1862

Died Sept. 17, 1862, disease Febris Reumiffeus

Body Claimed by Jackson Fortner, September 28, 1862

Camp Pemberton, a Confederate camp, was located on James Island, South Carolina

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