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Byrd Charles WillisRoster ID 3068
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1867|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Byrd Charles Willis, Class of 1867: Genealogy: Born- April 5, 1846 in Pensacola, Fla. Raised in Orange Co. Va. Father- George Willis; Mother- Sallie Thomas Smith. Pat. Grandfather- Byrd Charles Willis; Pat. Grandmother- Mary Lewis. Mat. Grandfather- George Smith; Mat. Grandmother- Delia Forbes. Great Grandfather- Marshal Joachim Murat, whom French Emperor Napoleon I made King of Naples. Married- 1st- Lelia Mann of Clarke Co. Ala. in 1878; 2nd- Anne G. Crenshaw of Orange Co. Va. in 1894. Children- (All from 1st marriage) 1- George Willis; 2- Achille Murat Willis; 3- Byrd Charles Willis. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 15, 1863; Resigned Dec. 11, 1863. Military Record: Enlisted April 1, 1864 in Essex Co. as Private in Co. B, 9th Va. Cavalry; Wounded in action June, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House. No further record. Careers: Owned and operated an extensive cotton plantation in Greene Co. Alabama; moved to Alexandria, Va. and later to Richmond, Va. about 10 years before his death. Died- Dec. 19, 1912 at his son A. Murat's private hospital in Richmond, Va.|