Brig. Gen, William Henry Carroll, Postmaster

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William Henry Carroll

Birthdate: (58)
Death: May 3, 1868 (54-62)
Montreal, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. Gen. William Carroll, Gov. and Cecilia Carroll
Brother of Charles Montgomery Carroll, Col.

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About Brig. Gen, William Henry Carroll, Postmaster

William Henry Carroll (1810 – May 3, 1868) was a wealthy plantation owner, a postmaster, and a General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

Early life

Carroll was born in Nashville, Tennessee to William Carroll, a general during the War of 1812 and the Governor of Tennessee from 1821 to 1827 and again from 1829 to 1835.

Civil War

On 11 December 1861 Carroll, as the Confederate commander at Knoxville, issued a proclamation declaring martial law. He then arrested all those openly opposed to the Confederate States before restoring the civil authority. He commanded the 2nd brigade in George B. Crittenden's force that engaged George H. Thomas's Union forces at Mill Springs, Kentucky on 19 January 1862. Braxton Bragg, the department commander, in his effort to rid his command of political generals had Carroll arrested for drunkenness, incompetence and neglect on 31 March 1862. Bragg brought similar charges against Crittenden the following day. Like Crittenden before him, Carroll, after a court of inquiry, resigned on 1 February 1863. With Nashville in Union hands he moved to Canada.

Post Civil War

He never returned to the United States. He died in Montreal on 3 May 1868. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.

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May 3, 1868
Age 58
Montreal, Canada