Private William E Doolittle

by Mark Doolittle

“A life done too soon”

William Doolittle was born in New York in 1840. He joined the 11th Georgia Infantry Co D in Atlanta Georgia on the 3rd of July 1861 signed up by Major Calhoun, he was 22 years old. He was latter reassigned to Co K which he stayed in until his death.

He was involved in the following battles:

  • Yorktown Siege( April 1862)
  • Lee’s Mill (April 16 1862)
  • Williamsburg ( May 5 1862)
  • Seven days Battles(June 25-July 1, 1862)
  • Garnett’s and Golding’s Farms (June 27-28, 1862)
  • Allen’s Farm (June 29 1862)
  • Malvern Hill (July 1, 1862)
  • Rappahannock Station ( August 23, 1862)
  • Thoroughfare Gap (August 28, 1862)
  • Second Battle of Manassas (August 28-30, 1862)
  • South Mountain (September1862)
  • Antietam (September 17, 1862)
  • and finally Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)

It was Smallpox that finally took him off the battlefield his 5ft 5in body now ravaged with diseases, his black hair now streaked with gray from the stress of being in so many battles in such a short period of time.

As he lay dying in that Richmond Virginia Hospital his sunken blue eyes filled with tears from the pain, I can imagine him looking at his fellow soldiers suffering with him and thinking that each one there had something they shared, they each sweated beneath the same sun, looked up in wonder at the same one, and wept when it was all done for being done too soon, for being done too soon.

RIP Beloved Grandfather we will never forget you. SCV