~~ 6th Alabama Infantry Regiment ~~
|DURDEN, William N. - 18 yr. old single farmer from Independence, Alabama, son of Elias D. and Lucinda Durden. Enlisted Sept. 1, 1861 at Sangsters'; Cross Roads Virginia. for 1 yr. at the rank of Private. William is Present at the Siege of Yorktown, and Seven Pines May 31, 1862. He is listed as Absent Sick at Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, Boonsboro, and Sharpsburg. He was actually wounded at South Mountain (Boonsboro) according to his compiled records. William returned to duty at Fredericksburg on Dec. 14, 1862, but is listed Absent again the following spring on May 2 & 3 of 1863 at Chancellorsville. He is Present at Martinsburg, Va. on June 13, 1863. William is shown Wounded at Gettysburg July 1, 1863 and listed Absent Captured thereafter. Company notes: Wounded and captured July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg. William was honorably discharged in April 1865 and as a result of his wounds, he suffered rheumatism and other effects for the rest of his life. William is the younger brother of James M. Durden of this Company. Upon returning home from the war, William N. Durden married Polly Ann Wyatt, daughter of Daniel N. & Elizabeth Cherry Wyatt of Independence. Polly's father, Daniel N. Wyatt died of disease while in service with the 3rd Alabama Battalion Reserves in 1864. William & Polly had three known children. Their son, Wilbur Thomas married Mary "Mollie" Overstreet who is the daughter of Wesley A. Overstreet of Capt. T. L. Faulkner's Company "The Autauga Guards". Wesley Overstreet is a younger brother of Richard & William Overstreet of the Autauga Rifles. William & Polly's daughter, Leila married Quinton Clay Meroney. They had another son named Claude. William & Polly Durden are buried in the Billingsley Cemetery in Billingsley, Autauga County, AL. Contributed by Bill Durden & Barry N. Wyatt|
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