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William Newton Mercer OteyRoster ID 1404
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|Middle Name:||Newton Mercer|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1863|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Newton Mercer Otey, Class of 1863: Born- April 15, 1842. Matriculated from Memphis, Tennessee. At VMI 2 years, 1 month (repeated freshmen year). Military Record: Drill Master, Richmond spring 1861. 2nd Lt and instructor, Capt J.J. Shoemaker's Company Virginia Horse Artillery May 10 - June 30, 1861 (Beauregard Rifles, Lynchburg Beauregards, Capt M.N. Moorman's Company Virginia Horse Artillery). Claimed then to have attached himself to Company G, 1st Virginia Cavalry and to have been detailed as courier for Gen J.E. Johnston. Also claimed to have been briefly with Capt A. Graham's Company Virginia Light Artillery (1st Rockbridge Artillery). No official record of either service found. Soon ordered to report to Camp Trousdale, Tennessee as Drill Master. Appointed 1st Lt and Adjutant, 13th Arkansas October 22, 1861. Relieved March 1, 1862 and named Major of cavalry battalion that failed to organize. Served as Aide-de-camp on staff of Maj Gen (later Lt Gen) L. Polk. Commissioned expired July 26, 1862. Returned to Virginia. Enlisted April 17, 1862 in Graham's Battery as Private. Sick September 1862. Appointed 1st Lt, Signal Corps October 13, 1862 (date of rank October 10) and sent to West. On staff of Polk November 30, 1862-March 1864 and Maj Gen (later Lt Gen) N.B. Forrest May 1864-May 9, 1865. Signal officer for Polk; Acting Assistant Adjutant General for Forrest. Took oath and paroled May 9, 1865 at Meridian, Mississippi. Post War Career: Married Geraldine Gage 1864. Active with Lee Monument Association of New Orleans, Louisiana 1870. To California 1872. Episcopal. Cotton and tobacco factor; real estate; insurance. Died- December 16, 1898 in San Francisco, Ca.|