William Henry Forney

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William Henry Forney, a brother of John Horace Forney, was also born at Lincolnton, North Carolina, on November 9, 1823, and accompanied his parents to Alabama in 1835. He was graduated from the state university in 1844. His law school studies were interrupted by a year's military service in Mexico, after which he was admitted to the bar and began practice. He was a member of the Alabama legislature in 1859. Forney entered the Confederate Army as captain of the 10th Alabama Infantry, quickly earning a reputation as a fearless and efficient officer. He was left on the field at Gettysburg covered with wounds, was captured, and remained in prison for more than a year. He had meantime been promoted through grades to colonel. After his exchange he was assigned to command a brigade in General Mahone's division of the 3rd Corps, which he led until the surrender at Appomattox. His commission as brigadier general dated from February 15, 1865. After the war he resumed his law practice in Jacksonville, Alabama and served in Congress continuously from 1875 to 1893. He died at Jacksonville, January 16, 1894, and is buried there.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.