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Name:William D. Coleman
Affiliation:Class of 1857
Biography & Genealogy:William D. Coleman, Class of 1857: Genealogy: Born- ca. 1838 probably in Danville, Va. Father- Thompson Coleman of Pittsylvania, Va; Mother- Sarah Rawlings of Chatham, Va. No information on Pat. Grandparents. Mat. Grandfather- William Rawlings; Mat. Grandmother- Sarah Beame. No information on whether or not he was ever married or had children. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Feb. 9, 1854; Dismissed Jan. 3, 1855 for pulling a malicious prank on the post sentinel; Reinstated Jan. 15, 1855; Resigned July 1855 due to insufficient funds. Civil War Service: Enlisted Apr. 23, 1861 as 1st Sgt. of Co. A in the 18th Va. Regiment. Appointed Post Master of Danville, Va. and discharged from Army Sept. 28, 1861. Even though he was exempt from military service, he tried to get a staff appointment in 1864 and raise a Regiment of Negro troops in 1865. Post War Career- Editor and proprietor for the Danville Appeal Newspaper; Managing Editor for the Richmond Enquirer; clerk to State Treasurer. He was arrested and jailed for three years for embezzling State funds while employed by the Treasurer. Date and place of death unknown.
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