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William Allen DeasRoster ID 1006
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1861|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Allen Deas, Class of 1861: Genealogy: Born- Aug. 11, 1838 in Powhatan Co. Va. at "Norwood". Father- Fitz (probably Fitzhugh) Allen Deas; Mother- Lavina Heth Randolph. Pat. Grandfather- William Allen Deas; Pat. Grandmother- Alice Izard. Mat.Grandfather- Beverly Randolph; Mat. Grandmother- Lavina Heth. Married- Lucy Cargell Pegram, daughter of Capt. Robert E. Pegram. [No record of any children]. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 8, 1857; Left Sept. 23, 1858 (According to official records he was dismissed for mutiny and direct disobedience to an order given by the Acting Superintendent Preston, according to a letter written by Deas himself, he resigned in protest of another cadet's unfair dismissal, but his resignation was not honored by Preston. Deas was later offered the position of treasurer to VMI which he held in good trust for two years (1870-72), so any bad blood between Deas and the VMI Officials was obviously cleared up by that time). Military Record: merchant seamen in China trade before entering VMI (father was a USN officer); spent 2 years in US Coast Survey; Resigned to join the Confederate Army; appointed acting 2d Lieutenant and sent to build fortifications at Pensacola, FL; appointed 2d Lieutenant, infantry, Regular Army of the Confederate States on May 20, 1861; unofficial source says he served as Drillmaster with the 11th Alabama; assigned on Feb. 9, 1862 to Captain S.P. Hamilton's Company of Georgia Light Artillery (Company A, 1st Georgia Regulars); Company disbanded in July of 1862; briefly served as Adjutant for Maj. H.P. Jones's Artillery Battalion; promoted to 1st Lieutenan on Oct. 4, 1862 as an artillery officer with the Provisional Army of the Confederate States with Captain C.W. Fry's Company of Virginia Light Artillery (Orange Artillery; Captain T.P Peyton's Company of Virginia Light Artillery); Wounded in Action (left thigh) at South Mountain; captured Apr. 30, 1864 at Spotsylvania where his conduct won praise; returned to Company (probably exchanged); promoted to Captain on Mar. 21, 1865; paroled at Appomattox. Post War Career: Public official, school official, planter, missionary, doctor (medical missionary to China; worked in Soldier's Home in Richmond; Henrico County Coroner); Episcopalian. Died- Feb. 17, 1920; Buried in Blandford Cemetery, Pittsburgh.|