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GENERAL WILLIAM McCOMB, CSA
VITAL STATISTICS
BORN: 1828 in Mercer City, PA.
DIED: 1918 in Louisa City, VA.
CAMPAIGNS: Cheat Mountain, Shenandoah Valley, Seven Pines, Seven Days,
Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville,
Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg.
HIGHEST RANK ACHIEVED: Brigadier General
BIOGRAPHY
William McComb was born on November 21, 1828, in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. After spending his childhood and young adulthood in the North, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee in 1854 and worked as a manufacturer. Seven years later, when the Civil War began, McComb joined the Confederate forces as a private in the 14th Tennessee. He fought at Cheat Mountain, and in the Battles and Campaigns of the Shenandoah Valley, Seven Pines, Seven Days', Cedar mountain and Bull Run (Second). By September, he had been promoted to colonel. He led a regiment at Antietam, and was severely wounded. He returned from his recuperation in time for the Battle of Chancellorsville, where he was wounded seriously again. In the spring and summer of 1864, upon his return, McComb participated in the Battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. Promoted to brigadier general on January 20, 1865, he commanded a brigade until he surrendered at Appomattox. After the war, he lived in Alabama and Mississippi briefly, then settled in Virginia in 1869. After working as a farmer for almost 50 years, McComb died on his plantation in Louisa County, Virginia, on July 21, 1918.