William John Sallens was born November 15, 1843. We haven’t found any background of from where he came. William enlisted May 29, 1861 as a Private into the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Company “K”, 26th Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A., Glynn County, Georgia; Brunswick Rifles or Brunswick Riflemen. Mustered out July 31, 1861.
He married Margaret A. “Maggie” Westberry, daughter of John and Matilda (Arnett) Westberry born May 13, 1865, Wayne County, Georgia, and died March 19, 1931. William died July 16, 1911. Both are buried in Hortense Cemetery, Hortense, Georgia.
Sources: “Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865” by Lillian Henderson, Vol. 3, pages 255 and 262; The Brantley County Historical Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. “Cemeteries and More” edition 2.
Military service was researched and a stone was ordered by Gaynell H. Sasser on November 20, 2004. The stone was installed by Jerry Van Herrin and Linton Herrin on January 19, 2004.