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William Remsen LymanRoster ID 2312
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1864MS|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Remsen Lyman, Class of 1864-MS: Born- July 2, 1838. Matriculated from New Orleans, La. At VMI 7 weeks. At Harvard University (agriculture). Left January 1861 t attend UVa. Seems never to have enrolled there. Unofficial source says joined Southern Guard, a student company from UVa that served briefly at Harpers Ferry, spring 1861. Military Record: After VMI assigned to 31st Virginia as Drill Master. Sick at home (typhoid fever) late 1861-early 1862. Elected 1st Lt, Company B, 31st Virginia (appointed May 1, 1862). To Captain October 27, 1862 (date of rank June 9). Unofficial source says slightly Wounded in Action at Second Manassas and Gettysburg. Submitted resignation December 12, 1863 (accepted January 29, 1864) because of appointment as Major of regiment of "a man I cannot respect nor treat as my superior officer." Enlisted February 15, 1864 at Charlottesville as Private, Capt J.W. Carter's Company Virginia Horse Artillery (Capt R.P. Chew's Company; Capt J.W. Thomson's Company). Detailed as courier for Maj R.P. Chew Juy 1, 1864. On receipt roll for clothing November 10, 1864. Unofficial source says appointed Adjutant to Maj J.W. Breathed fall 1864 and in spring 1865 assigned as Captain to Capt W.S. Lurty's Company Virginia Horse Artillery. Paroled at New Orleans, La June 19, 1865. Post War Career: Finance (insurance; banker). President, Crescent Insurance Company, New Orleans Stock Exchange, and Lincoln Parish Bank (Ruston, La). Very active in CS veteran groups (Army of Northern Virginia Association; United Confederate Veterans) and in efforts to erect monuments to Lt Gen T.J. Jackson, President Jefferson Davis, and Maj J.W. Thomson 1864. President Board of Directors, Louisiana Soldiers' Home. Chairman, (Gen J.B. Hood) Hood Orphan Memorial Fund. Died- Bay St. Louis, October 26, 1927.|