Name: POUNCEY, WILLIAM THOMPSON
Rank: Private
Enlisted: 3 July 1861 at Westville, Dale County, Alabama
Service History: Captured July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Date of Birth: 1 November 1841 Place of Birth: Alabama
Date of Death: 26 March 1910 Place of Death: Dale County, Alabama
Buried: Providence Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Clayhatchee, Dale County, Alabama
Father: Jesse B. Pouncey (b 7 September 1805 in Marlboro County, South Carolina, d 3 July 1886 in Dale County, Alabama)
Mother: Margaret Jane Donnell (b 14 August 1818 in Guilford County, North Carolina, d 1 October 1902 in Clayhatchee, Alabama), daughter of Daniel Donnell and Elizabeth Thompson.
Spouse(s): Julia Ann Elizabeth Thompson (b 17 March 1847 in Georgia, d 30 December 1901 in Dale County, Alabama)
Children: Ella Clide (Bryan), Jesse E., Dove (Austen), William, Louisa, Fannie Vernon, Willie "Todie" (Moore), Wilmer "Dock" 
Occupation: Farmer
Residence(s): Clayhatchee, Dale County, Alabama
Other: Brother of Abel John Pouncey and Samuel Ryals Pouncey, brother-in-law of Thomas Sidney Mills.
Brothers Jessie Irvin Pouncey and Joseph Franklin Pouncey (Co A, 6th Alabama Cavalry) also served.
Letter written by William Pouncey to his father:
"15 June 1862
Dear Parents, I now take the pleasure to write you a few lines to let you no that I am well and harty at this time. I wrote you a few lines the other day but I dont no whether you will get it are not. Albert Aston got back two are three weeks ago and I was glad to hear from you for I had not heard from you since Captain Edwards came back. I have some nuse to write you this time. We have joined Jacksons army and went up to frontroil [Front Royal] and got after old Banks and run him on the other side of the potomac into mariland. It caused a greateal of excitement in washington citty. Old linkon called out all of his malishey, but the funnyest part of it was when we was up at harpers fery the yankees serrounded us and we had to fight our way back. Our regiment has not bin engaged but one. W. B. Mills was killed, he is all the one that was killed in our company. B. A. Lanier was wonded in the foot, the ball never entered into his foot, it struck him on the shoe heel, it brused it and burnt a blister. The loss in our regiment was nine killed and thirty-six wonded. We was in the fight on the 8th of June, that is the day that lieutenant Mills was killed. He was a great loss to this company. Nearly every man in the company loved him like a brother. In going to Harper's ferry and back, Jackson had seven fights and he gave them a whiping every time, and captured five are six thousand prisoners, two are three thousand dollars worth of medicine, and a good many provisions. We never got very many men killed, until the fight on the 9th of June, we had a good many killed or wonded. I heard that Johnson had give them a good whipping at richmond; run them back to their gun boats. I recon I have said enough about the fights. When I come out of the fight I come out without any clothes but what I had on. We was out on picket and they came to large a force for our regiment and we had to retreat back to our forces and, we was so near rundown we cut loos our napsacks and left them, and that left us all without clothes only what we had on. I lost that shirt that Albert brought me. When you get the chance send me another one like it, and I will put it on and if the yankees get it they will get me with it.  I must come to a close. The boys joins with me in sending their best respects to you and family. Henry sayes he wants you to write to him. Write as soon as you can, and I will do the same. Tell the boys all to write, for I love to hear what they have got to say for themselves. I have got a bad chance to write, so when I write to one I mean all. I must come to a close nothing more at present, but remain your son until Death. This from Wm. Pouncey, to Jesse Pouncey."
Photographs:

(Rt) Jesse and Margaret Pouncey, parents of 
William Thompson Pouncey

(Below) William and Julia Pouncey, Providence Cemetery

 

 

Submitter: Georgia V. Fleming E-mail: hyacinth@ala.net