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Found William Anderson Bays on findagrave.com..with an interesting biography....here it is in case you do not have it...https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28599047/william-anderson-bays
You can find his military record on fold3.com...it is a pay website but they do give a 7 day free trial. here is a page with his soldiers named William Bays...https://www.fold3.com/search?full-name~=bays+william;bays&general.title.id=27Civil+War+Soldiers+-+Confederate+-+AR;57:Ci…
Here are some items and muster rolls. Please also copy and paste this link into your web browser it is a very good write up also showing him wounded in action.
Dear Mr. Bays,
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The records that Mr. Schneider shared are from the Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations , 1903 - 1927 in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109) that include cards for Confederate Soldiers from the State of Virginia - Bays, William A - Forty-eighth Infantry and Confederate Soldiers from the State of Virginia - Bays, William A - Twenty-fourth Battalion, Partisan Rangers (Scott's Battalion) AND Twenty-fifth Cavalry. These files have been digitized and may be viewed online through the National Archives Catalog.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Record Books of Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Offices of the Confederate Government in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109) that contain 48th Virginia unit information and that of the Army of Northern Virginia. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
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Thank you very much. I have extensive info ref. my Great Grandfather mentioned here, but the info is somewhat sketchy. I am trying to piece together his service, or lack thereof, from 1863-1865 and later when he returned from the war sometime after it was over. The article referring to his battle wounds and his imprisonment in the Union Prison in New York was written(almost certainly) by my second cousin, Chester Bays of Bowling Green, Ky. I have heard this story from him several times as we discussed our family tree. Chester is now (4 yoa, in fairly good health , with a sharp mind and memory that I am envious of. He told me that this info was based on his research and interviews he did for over 50 years. He is a retired lawyer and believes in checking and re-checking sources. He is also unable to factually corroborate this info. With all the advantages of the Internet in the 21st century and access to these records, I believe we can find the facts and the true story. Any leads regarding this matter are greatly appreciated.