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David Park and Bruce Allardice

TIMMINS, WILLIAM CHANCE (ca. 1824–1863). William Chance Timmins, also listed as William Timmons, Confederate officer, was born in New York about 1824. When he was an infant, his family settled in New Orleans, Louisiana. Interested in military affairs, he joined the famed volunteer militia unit of that city, the Washington Artillery. On December 4, 1855, Timmins married Josephine Wagner of New Orleans. In 1860 he was a bookkeeper in Houston.

Timmins was commissioned a captain in the Second Texas Infantry Regiment in August 1861. He was promoted to major on September 10, 1862 and to lieutenant colonel on October 5, 1862. Timmins was wounded at the battle of Corinth on October 3, 1862. Although he recovered from that injury, he later received a gunshot wound in the ankle at the Yazoo River, near Chckasaw Bluffs, on January 2, 1863. He died on January 26 of that year and was buried in Vicksburg’s City Cemetery. His widow died in Houston in 1892 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery.


Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas, National Archives and Records Service, Washington. Field Officers Serving in Texas Confederate Regiments (http://history-sites.com/~kjones/txoffs.html), accessed April 7, 2011. 42d Alabama Infantry CSA (http://www.trackingyourroots.com/data/42dal.htm), accessed April 7, 2011.

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Uploaded on April 13, 2011. Modified on August 4, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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