This week in the Civil War for April 28, 1863
Sone Mountain

Private Williams Jehu Ledbetter (CSA)

Private Williams Jehu Ledbetter, Co. L  4th Alabama Cavalry CSA

"A story handed down by Williams J. Ledbetter's descendants is the limestone rock in the area of the battle of Day's Gap near Cullman, Alabama was so close to the surface of the ground the Confederate soldiers couldn't bury the dead.  The dead were rolled down into a steep ravine.  A soldier preparing to roll William J. Ledbetter down into the ravine noticed he was wearing a Masonic emblem around his neck.  Being a Mason himself, he examined Williams more closely and determined he was alive.  At this soldier's insistence, Williams was taken back with the wounded and after weeks of suffering, subsequently recovered from his wounds with the exception of the total loss of sight in both eyes.  He was 38 years of age at the time." 

  Military records document Williams Jehu Ledbetter enlisted in the service of the Confederate States as a Private in Company L, 4th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers on the 6th day of August, 1862 at Courtland in the State of Alabama and he was honorably discharged from the service on the 30th day of April 1864.  shot through both eyes during the Battle of Days Gap on the 30th day of April, 1863.  The document with this information on it was dated 22 April 1899.

Pension records concerning Private Ledbetter are "Application for relief by maimed soldiers, under act approved February 23, 1883 by the State of Alabama.  This application was  filled out for Williams J. Ledbetter, signed and dated 16 May 1883.  The witnessing physician was W. M. Drake, M. D.  The application was approved by A. L. Woods, Judge of Probate of Franklin County, Alabama.

Application for relief by blind soldiers, under act approved February 25, 1887 by the State of Alabama.  This application is filled out for Mr. Williams J. Ledbetter and dated 11 April 1887.  It was approved 20 April 1877 by James M. Jordan, Judge of Probate of Franklin County, Alabama. 



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