Brittingham, William Franklin, VS, CSN Ordnance Officer - Forgotten Officer Friday


Brigadier General
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Apr 11, 2016
South Carolina
William Franklin Brittingham:
Born: September 26, 1841

Birthplace: Hampton Virginia
Father: William Parker Brittingham 1809 – 1869
Elizabeth Ann Topping 1814 – 1848
Wife: Ann M. Hopkins 1845 – 1921
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia)


Attended Hampton Virginia Military Academy
Attended Madison College

Occupation before War:
1859 – 1861: Served in the United States Navy

Civil War Career:
1862 – 1863: Masters Mate in the Confederate States Navy
Served on the C.S.S. Rappahannock on Potomac and Rappahannock
Served on the C.S.S. Hampton

Served on the C.S.S. Patrick Henry as Instructor
1863 – 1865: Gunner in the Confederate States Navy
1864 – 1865: Served on the C.S.S. Chicora at Charleston S.C.
1865: Served at Battery Cook in Richmond Virginia Ordnance Officer
1865: Ordnance Officer in Tucker's Naval Brigade
1865: Captured during the Battle of Saylor's Creek Virginia
1865: Prisoner of War held at Old Capitol Prison in Washington D.C.
1865: Paroled from Union Army Prison in Washington D.C.

Occupation after War:
Mercantile Businessman in Galveston Texas
in Charge of Business Department at Galveston Daily News Newspaper
Worked for the Houston Post Newspaper
Worked for the Fort Worth Gazette Newspaper
Member of Confederate Veterns Camp in New York
Recipient of United Daughters of Confederacy Cross of Honor

Died: July 6, 1908
Place of Death: Richmond Virginia
Age at time of Death: 66 years old
Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia