Article from the 'Confederate Veteran' magazine,
dated April, 1907.
WILLIAM J. CROWDER
After a brief illness of pneumonia, WILLIAM J. CROWDER, in Shreveport, La. in Feb., 1907, the second of the family to succumb to the dread disease, his brother BEN having preceded him to the grave but a few days. He was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, in 1834, the family removing to Caddo Parish, La. in 1854, and the two brothers had been planters near Sand Beach.
In April, 1861, WILLIAM CROWDER volunteered in the Shreveport Grays, serving as second corporal and at Pensacola, Fla., his company was incorporated with the Dreux Battalion, which was actively engaged in the army operating on the Virginia peninsula commanded by General Magruder, who, with about thirteen thousand men, held in check for three weeks General McClellan's very large army, which was on the way to Richmond. In 1862, WILLIAM CROWDER was transferred to Vicksburg, where he surrendered with Pemberton's army.
As a soldier, Comrade CROWDER'S record is unsullied; as a citizen, he was active and public- spirited; as a friend, he was steadfast. He was never married. A sister and two brothers survive him.
[ This is not my family, only post to Honor the veteran and hope it may help someone]. #181
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