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Born 10 Feb 1841 Sullivan Co. Missouri (families from Audrain Co.) Died 9 July 1923 Sturgis, Meade Co. South Dakota Buried Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, SD



Researched and prepared by Carolyn Whitaker, great great granddaughter, 18 October 2010

My 2nd great grandfather, William, was orphaned as a child at the tender age of 12, losing both parents (William Monroe Powell and Margaret Damrell) within 3 months of each other in 1853. He was raised mostly by his grandparents on both sides. He was from Southern families, his father born in Kentucky and his mother in Cabell, Virginia (now West Virginia)and a grandmother from Stokes Co. North Carolina. It is little wonder he signed up with the Confederacy. We have lots of old letters written to his grandparents on his mother's side, Augustus Damrell and his wife, Elizabeth Dearing, who both lived to be quite old. These letters show his strong convictions and kind heart. And even after he had been captured 5 times and taken the oath of allegiance, he still went back and fought for what he believed in, and for that I honor him.

Nativity: Sullivan Co. Missouri

Enlisted: 11 Jan 1862 Springfield, Missouri for 1 yr

Occupation: Plasterer

Residence when enlisted: Milam, Missouri - Sullivan County

Rank: Private

2nd Regiment Missouri Infantry Company H, Confederate States of America, then became 3rd Regiment


25 Jan - age 20 near Springfield Mo Joined for 12 mos

7 Mar - absent - taken prisoner at Battle of Elkhorn

8 Mar - absent-missing at Battle of Elkhorn

28 Mar -prisoner

May - June changed from 2nd Regiment to 3rd Regiment Missouri Infantry July - Aug present cancelled

Sept - Oct never paid, present

Nov - Dec never paid, present

Battle of Pea Ridge or Elkhorn Tavern 7-8 March 1862


Jan - Feb Last paid 12/31/1862 Capt Dawson present

Mar - Apr Last paid 2/28/1863 Maj Haines present

May - June Last paid 4/30/1863 Capt Danner present

June 30 - Oct 31 Last paid 6/30/1863 Capt Danner present

July - Aug Last paid 4/30/1863 Capt Danner present

4 July - Captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi

8 July - Paroled at Vicksburg, Mississippi - took oath of allegiance

Nov - Dec Last paid 10/31/1863


Jan -Feb Last paid 10/31/1863 Capt. Danner

23 Feb- patient absent sick -hospital Loring’s Div Hospital, Marion, Alabama dated 29 Feb. Last paid 10/31/1863

March -April present

May - June Last paid 10/31/1863

14 June -deserted

19 June Oath of Allegiance - place of residence Audrain Co. Missouri;complexion light, hair light, eyes blue, heigh 5’ 11” 20 June -Prisoner of War, Received from Dept of the Cumberland to be released North of the Ohio River by order of Maj Gen Thomas, Commanding, Dept of Cumberland, Louisville, Ky Vol Oath of Allegiance at Louisville, captured Audrain Co. Missouri

24 June - discharged

CAPTURED AT Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, Baker’s Creek, Big Black River, Vicksburg

Soldiers and Sailors

3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry

3rd Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd Regiment] was organized near Springfield, Missouri, in January, 1862. Many of the men were from St. Louis and Jefferson and Franklin counties. The unit soon moved east of the Mississippi River and was active in the engagements at Iuka and Corinth . Later it was assigned to Bowen's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. The 3rd fought in various conflicts during the Vicksburg siege and was captured on July 4, 1863. Exchanged and assigned to General Cockrell's Brigade, it was consolidated with the 5th Regiment. This command participated in the Atlanta Campaign, endured Hood's winter operations in Tennessee, then aided in the defense of Mobile. The 3rd lost 5 killed, 65 wounded, and 23 missing at Corinth, had 13 killed, 63 wounded, and 44 missing at Champion's Hill, and during the Vicksburg siege had 18 killed and 83 wounded. In the Atlanta Campaign, May 18 to September 5, the 3rd/5th reported 128 casualties and 68 at Allatoona . Very few surrendered in May, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels William R. Gause, James A. Prichard, and Benjamin A. Rives; Lieutenant Colonels Finley L. Hubbell and James K. McDowell, and Major Robert J. Williams.

Third Missouri Infantry

Commanded by Col. Benjamin A. Rives, Col. William R. Gause; Col. James A. Pritchard; Lt. Col. Finley L. Hubbell, Lt. Col. James K. McDowell, and Maj. Robert J. Williams. It served in the Missouri Brigade, east of the Mississippi River in Little's Division, Bowen's Division, and French's Division. It saw action from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Atlanta, GA to Ft. Blakely Mobile, Alabama in the South and Franklin/Nashville, Tennessee to the North.

14 May 2011 Copyright Carolyn Whitaker