William T. Alsobrook was the firstborn child of James Wesley and Elizabeth Lindsey Alsobrook. He was about three years old when they made the long journey from Jones County, Georgia to Chambers County, Alabama.
By 1860, he was the oldest of their eight children, and at nineteen, would have been courting the girls, and dreaming of his life to come.
Instead, a year or two later, the Civil War broke out, and William joined the Gilmore Greys, becoming a member of Company E., the 14th. Alabama Infantry, C.S.A. It isn't known yet exactly when he joined the unit, but he may have been with them on the march to Virginia, and when they fought under Longstreet at Williamsburg. And he was certainly with them, under Robert E. Lee, at Mechanicsville
where the unit was almost wiped out at Frazier's Farm. He must have survived that battle, and gone on to Gaines Mill, where they faced the enemy head on, and came under horrendous artillery fire. It was there, on the 27th. of June, 1862, that William T. Alsobrook was killed in battle.
I remember reading an old family letter where James and Elizabeth's children talked of visting their grandparents in Georgia, and of visiting "Aunt Rebecca's grave". She was Elizabeth's sister, who died at the age of twenty,long before Elizabeth's children were born. The Alsobrooks remembered their dead, and kept them alive in the memories of their children. I think they'd like to know that we'll remember William.
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