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41st Georgia Infantry (CSA)
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Name: Willis Wiley CurryRank: Private Company: B

He was my GGG-grandfather and my grandfather was named after him 'Wiley' and Willis was a man he never knew or had heard of(I believe). WILLIS W. CURREY, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Guntersville, native of Oglethorpe County, Ga., son of Willis and Esther (Waller) Currey, was born April 20,1833. He grew to manhood in the country and on his father's farm, and at the common schools acquired a liberal education. At the age of twenty-one he began teaching, which he followed for two years. At the outbreak of the late war ( American Civil (1861-1865))he was farming: in 1802 he enlisted as a private in Company B. Forty-first Georgia In¬fantry, and with that command participated in the battles of Corinth, Mumfordsville and Perryville. At the latter place he was wounded, and soon afterward, at Harrisburg (Ky.) Hospital, fell into the hands of the enemy. Jn December fol¬lowing he was exchanged, and in March of 1803 rejoined his command at Yicksburg, and took part in the battles of Champion Hill, Black River, etc., and surrendered with Pemberton's army July 4. Being again exchanged, December 19 of that year he entered the army at Dalton, Ga., and participated in all the battles from Dal¬ton to Atlanta, except New Hope Church. He was also at Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., and, finally, at Bentonville, X. C., the last battle fought by General Johnson. After the surrender lie re¬turned to Georgia, and for some years gave his attention to teaching and farming alternately. In 1877, having lost the use of a leg as a result of the wound received at Perry ville, he was compelled to abandon farming entirely, and thereafter de¬voted his time to teaching. In 1883 he came into Alabama, located in Marshall County, taught school until 1886, and in October of that year was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court. Since that date he has been a resident of Guntersville. Mr. Currey was married in November, 18.54, to Miss Jane Maddox, of Butts County, Ga., and has had born to him three children: William, Mary and Lottie. Mary is the wife of B. A. Fortson, and Lottie is the wife of Win. E. Groover. Mrs. Currey died in July, 1864, and in November, 1865, Mr. Currey was married to Miss Henrietta Crowel, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Caston) Crowel, of Georgia. To this union seven children have . been born: Lizzie, Mattie, Heary, Charlie, Nina, Nim and Nellie. The family are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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