"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."