William L. Fussell

By Danella Dickson

William L. Fussell was born April 7, 1837 in Washington Parish, Louisiana, the son of John R. and Sarah Corkern Fussell and one of seven brothers who served during the WBTS.

William and his brother Calvin enrolled September 29, 1861 at Camp Moore in Captain N.S. Edward’s Company B, 16th Louisiana Infantry. The regiment was moved to New Orleans where they spent the winter at Camp Benjamin.

In February 1862 the regiment was sent to Corinth, Mississippi as part of Gen. Daniel Ruggle’s Brigade. According to William’s military records he died of disease April 8, 1862. The city of Corinth had become a vast Confederate hospital as hotels, churches, residences, warehouses and the colleges were filled with wounded; but more troops died of sickness and diseases than wounds. William’s burial place is unknown.

William L. Fussell was 25 years old when he died in the service of the Confederacy.

(Curtesy of J.B. & Ramona Roberts)