|Harpers Weekly, February 2, 1861, (detail), Collection of U.S. House of Representatives|
BARKSDALE, William, (brother of Ethelbert Barksdale),
a Representative from Mississippi; born in Rutherford County, Tenn.,
August 21, 1821; attended the University of Nashville; studied law; was
admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Columbus, Lowndes County,
Miss.; for a time was editor of the Columbus Democrat; served in the Mexican
War as quartermaster of the Mississippi Volunteers; delegate to the Democratic
National Convention at Baltimore in 1852; elected as a Democrat to the
Thirty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4,
1853, until January 12, 1861, when he withdrew; entered the Confederate Army
during the Civil War as colonel of the Thirteenth Regiment of Mississippi
Volunteers; promoted to the rank of brigadier general on August 12, 1862;
commanded a Mississippi brigade in Longstreets corps; killed in the Battle of
Gettysburg, Pa., July 2, 1863; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Miss.
BibliographyMcKee, James W. William Barksdale and the
Congressional Election of 1853.
Journal of Mississippi History 34 (May 1972): 129-58; McKee,
James W. William Barksdale and the Congressional Election of 1853.
Journal of Mississippi History 34 (May 1972): 129-58.