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A transcription of the diary of Confederate soldier William G. Frasher from July 25 to October 21, 1861. In fact, William G. Frasher was William Gamlin Frazier of Hickman County, Tennessee. His surname is spelled both Frasher and Frazier in official records. William was born on January 2, 1835, in Perry County, a son of Elijah Frazier and Keziah Curl Frazier. In 1860 he, his widowed mother and family, including brother Jared C., were living on his grandfather William Curl's farm. On May 14, 1861, William enlisted in the Confederate Army at Nashville and, after being sent to Camp Cheatham at Cedar Hill in Robertson County, he joined Company H of the 11th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. The regiment was ordered to Scott County and then to the Cumberland Gap, before making an expedition to Rock Castle River in Kentucky under General Zollicoffer in October 1861. William's diary ends in October but in early 1862, when he had been promoted to corporal, he fell ill and was discharged on April 15, 1862. After recuperating, William reenlisted on December 13, 1862, at Waverly in the 10th Tennessee Cavalry. He was promoted from corporal to second lieutenant because of his bravery during the Battle of Nashville in December 1864. William was paroled at Gainesville, Alabama, on May 11, 1865. William returned to Hickman County and married Mrs. Millie Eveline Rice Garrett in 1867, who died in 1918. They had four children. William Frazier died on May 31, 1923, and was buried in Shipps Bend.

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MVP 4145

Date

1861

Keywords

Confederate States of America. Army. Tennessee Infantry Regiment, 11th.

Diary of William G. Frasher

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