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Name:William Estill Fife
Affiliation:Class of 1855
Biography & Genealogy:William Estill Fife, Class of 1855: Genealogy: Born- Feb. 7, 1834, in Charleston, West Virginia. Father- Thomas Fife; Mother- Rebecca Estill. Pat. Grandfather- Edward Fife; Pat. Grandmother- unknown. Mat. Grandparents: unknown. Never married, no children. Matriculated to VMI from Kanawha Court House, West Virginia. At VMI 4 years. Pre War Career: admitted to bar 1857; pre-war militia officer. Military Record: Organized "Buffalo Guards," of which he was elected Captain; the unit became Company A, 36th Virginia; promoted to Major May 27, 1864 (some sources say June 24; date of rank March 30); promoted to Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 15, 1864 (date of rank May 18); slightly Wounded in Action (left thigh) at Cedar Creek; unofficial source says he was nominated to be a Brigadier General, but not confirmed; signed parole in Charleston, West Virginia. Post War Career: Farmer, lawyer. Died- July 4, 1891 in Railroad accident near Buffalo, VA.
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