Barksdale, William

Life Span
to
Full name
William Barksdale
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
South
Origins
Slave State
No. of Siblings
3
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
2
Family
William Barksdale (father), Nancy Hervey Lester Barksdale (mother), Narcissa Saunders (wife, 1849), Ethelbert Barksdale (brother)
Education
Other
Other Education
University of Nashville
Occupation
Politician
Military
Attorney or Judge
Journalist
Relation to Slavery
Slaveholder
Political Parties
Democratic
Other Affiliations
Fire-Eaters (Secessionists)
Masons
Government
US House of Representatives
Military
US military (Pre-Civil War)
Confederate Army
Slaveholding in 1860
36
Household Size in 1860
5
Children in 1860
2
Political Party in 1860
Democrat
Residence in 1860
Marital status in 1860
Married

William Barksdale (Congressional Biographical Directory)

Reference
BARKSDALE, William, (brother of Ethelbert Barksdale), a Representative from Mississippi; born in Rutherford County, Tenn., August 21, 1821; attended the University of Nashville; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Columbus, Lowndes County, Miss.; for a time was editor of the Columbus Democrat; served in the Mexican War as quartermaster of the Mississippi Volunteers; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1852; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1853, until January 12, 1861, when he withdrew; entered the Confederate Army during the Civil War as colonel of the Thirteenth Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers; promoted to the rank of brigadier general on August 12, 1862; commanded a Mississippi brigade in Longstreet’s corps; killed in the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2, 1863; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Miss.
"Barksdale, William," Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000147.
Chicago Style Entry Link
McKee, James W., Jr. “William Barksdale and the Congressional Election of 1853.” Journal of Mississippi History 34 (May 1972): 129-158. view record
Tyson, Raymond W. “William Barksdale and the Brooks-Sumner Assault.” Journal of Mississippi History 26 (May 1964): 135-140. view record
How to Cite This Page: "Barksdale, William," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/index.php/node/5036.