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4th Alabama Infantry (CSA)
Ancestor Info
Name: William Henry Harrison NicholsRank: Private Company: E

Born 1841 probaly Pike Co. AL At 20 he enlisted Co.E of 4th Alabama Vol. InfantryCSA at Sparta, now Evergreen, AL His records listed Brooklyn, AL as hometown. His CO was Pinck Bowles. His company was very much in the thick of action. Engagements listed in records are: Ethans Landing, Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Fort Hugger, Suffolk, Spottsylvania, Crutchfield Farm, Hanover Junction, Mechanicsville Road, Charles City Road, Cold Harbor, Howlet House, Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Frizzles Mill, Fort Harrison, Fort Gilmer, Darbytown Road, Williamsburg Road, In his record was listed 2 months of recruting service for Brig. Gen Whiting and several months as a wagon driver. He was hospitalized in Winchester Va. Henry records show Henry absent without leave from 19 Sep 1863 to Mar. 1864. During this time Nov 8,1863 he married Mary Elizabeth Sterns. They had a daughter, Netie Ann, born Oct 9,1864. Henry returned to his unit and remained on the roll until Jan25, 1865 when he is listed as a deserter. Desertion was very common during this period of the war. His unit had been near Richmond for months with inadequate food clothing, ammunition and supplies. He had a sick wife at home with a 3 month old child. Henry and his brother John Asberry Nichols,also in the same unit either surrendered or was captured at Bermuda Hundred and sent to a POW collection point in City Point,VA. He was then sent to Washington DC. On Feb. 1 1965 he was then transported to Pensacola, Fla. It is not known if they were transported as POW's or freemen. It is not known what happended to his dau. Netie Ann after she married a Mr Brown prior to Henry's death on 30 Apr 1883. Henry's first wife Mary Elizabeth died Jan 8,1867. Their son Alonzo P. Nichols died two months later in March 1867. Henry then married Sarah Eugenia Baston( Her Father was killed in the WBTS). They had four children: William H. Nichols Jul25,1870-Aug16,1870, Mamie Melissis Nichols May 1875- Feb 21 1889.Henritor Eugenia Nichols Aug 13,1879-Dec29 1964, Walter Baston Nichols Apr24,1882-May11,1934.

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Contact Name: Walter P. Nichols
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