9/21/2004

William Bailey

Bailey, William
b.5/13/1825; d.2/4/1902
USA, 1st Tennessee Light Artillery Battalion
(aka: "Regiment"), Co.E; Private.
Old Fairlawn cemetery; Stephens County, OK.

Blue-eyed William Bailey was born in Cook County,
Tennessee. He was an “old” soldier compared to most,
when he first enlisted in what was then known as
Battery D of the USA, 1st Tennessee Heavy Artillery
(which soon became Company E of the USA,
1st Tennessee Light Artillery Battalion [aka:
"Regiment"], Co. E), being 38 years of age and having
been married (Mary Elizabeth Blanchard) at least
seventeen years already. William served until his
discharge following the war on 8/1/1865.

During the war, William’s company, Company E of the
USA, 1st Tennessee Light Artillery Battalion, was
attached to the District of North Central Kentucky,
Dept. of the Ohio, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps
from October 1863 to April 1864. Following this
service, the 1st was a part of the District of Nashville,
Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland until May, 1865.
During this attachment William served in the
operations in East Tennessee that resulted in the death
of the famous Confederate General J.H. Morgan
(September 1864). Late January 1865 saw Company E
consolidated with Company G. This was followed by
service attached with Gillem’s Cavalry Division and
participation in Stoneman's Expedition from East
Tennessee into Southwest Virginia and Western North
Carolina (March-April, 1865). As a part of Gillem’s
Cavalry Division, it was engaged in the fighting that
resulted in the capture of Salisbury, North Carolina on
April 12, 1865. This attachment was followed by a stint
in the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, District of East
Tennessee until July, 1865.

Following the war, William and Elizabeth moved to
Fannin County, Texas and then (somewhere between
1880-1900) on into Oklahoma. Settling east of
Comanche in Stephens County, Oklahoma, William and
Elizabeth raised their family, William making his living as
a farmer, the operator of a country store and for a time
as a tax assessor.

William's gravestone gives no indication of his military
service.