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William Harrison Lindis. son of Bryant and Margaret Landis, was born at Unionville, Bedford County, Tenn., January 16, 1841. and died May 15. 1915, at Memphis. Tenn. He was the oldest of ten children and was reared on his father's farm, near Unionville. When the War between the States began, he entered the Confederate service, joining a company commanded by Captain Blanton in 1861.
This company was sent to Camp Anderson, near Murfreesboro, where it was made Company A. of the 23d Tennessee Infantry, which was organized there and later commanded by Colonel Xeill. This legiment was soon added to Pat Cleburne's brigade, Hardee's Division, and ordered to Camp Trousdale, then to Bowling Green, and thence to Corinth, Miss. William Landis then took part in the battle of Shiloh, under Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, where he was wounded on April 6, 1862, and he bore an empty sleeve from Shiloh plain that hot and bloody Sunday afternoon. After this he returned home and remained throughout the war. He was ever a loyal Confederate and took great interest in the Reunions, having attended many of them. In the company with him was the brother who survives him. Dr. J. A. Landis, who served as surgeon throughout the war.
In 1869 William Landis went to Memphis, Tenn., where he held the position of passenger agent of the N. & C. & St. L. Railway. Later he removed to Bellbuckle, Tenn., and spent many years of his life on a farm. In 1904 he returned to Memphis, where the remaining years of his life were spent. On December 1, 1871, he was married to Miss Janet Hastings, of Memphis, who survives him with four of their five children Rev. W. D. Landis. of Monrovia, Cal. ; Rev. E. B. Landis, of Danvers, Ill.; Mrs. Thomas Wakefield and Mr?. Ida Batte, of Memphis.
Mr. Landis was a man of strong Christian character, loving, charitable, sympathetic, and his loss to his family and community is irreparable.
Ref; Confederate Veteran, Vol. 23, 1915. p. 370.