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16th Virginia Cavalry, Company I, CSA
William Cline served in Company I of the 16th Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. He enlisted on March 1, 1863 under Captain William E. Peery. On or before July 27, 1863, William was wounded in action during the Gettysburg Campaign, most probably on the retreat with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The hospital records list his injuries as "Vulnus Sclopt." or "Vulnus Sclopticum," which means, "gunshot wound." On July 27, 1863, William was brought to the "Receiving and Wayside Hospital," aka "General Hospital #9" in Richmond, Virginia. On July 28, 1863, William was transferred to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond and remained in hospital until August 21, 1863, when he was furloughed for 45 days. Presumably, William traveled back to Tazewell County during this period. William continued on the muster rolls of the 16th Virginia from October, 1863 through 1864 and was listed as absent due to wounds through April, 1864. The remaining records for 1864 are incomplete or contradictory and it is unknown if William returned to active duty in 1864 or 1865, although it appears unlikely.
We know that the "William Cline" that served in Company I of the 16th Virginia Cavalry, CSA is our William Cline Johnson for several reasons. First, Company I was recruited almost exclusively from Tazewell County. According to Jack L. Dickinson in his book, 16th Virginia Cavalry - Virginia Regimental History Series, H.E. Howard Publishers, 1989: "In most cases where Wayne or Tazewell County is shown as the county of enlistment, the soldier was indeed a resident of that county." Id. at 88.
Second, our William Cline Johnson was literally the only William Cline listed on the 1860 Tazewell County Federal Census (although therein, he was listed as "William Johnson"). In fact, there are no Clines listed at all in the 1860 Tazewell County census.
Also, Lt. Colonel William L. Graham of the 16th Virginia and one of the principal leaders and recruiters for the Regiment, lived in close proximity to William Cline Johnson according to the 1850 Census. Also, William enlisted under Captain William E. Peery, a prominent citizen of Tazewell County.
Only one other William Cline, not eliminated due to age, was William 'Billy' Cline of McDowell County, VA/WV (b. 1823), who was a nephew of our William. However, there is no evidence that this William 'Billy' Cline is the William Cline that served in the 16th Virginia and Dickinson's comments strongly indicate William Cline Johnson. Moreover, Harry Dale Cline, a prominent Cline family historian, indicates that William "Billy" Cline served in another Confederate unit, not the 16th Virginia Cavalry.
Finally, see the Clinch Valley News (of Tazewell County) article in 1906 (below) as recalled from one of the soldiers of the 16th VA: "This company (Company I) was organized in the Spring of 1862 in this community." The article adds that Company I was made up of men from Tazewell County. While it is possible that some of these soldiers may not have resided in Tazewell County when Company I was organized, William Cline Johnson was.
Clinch Valley News - 1906 - Roster of the 16th Virginia Cavalry, Company I, Tazewell County, VA
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