{⋆★⋆} BG Slack, William Yarnel

William Yarnel Slack Sr.


Born: August 1, 1816

Birthplace: Mason County, Kentucky

Father: John Slack 1790 – 1864

Mother: Mary Jane Caldwell 1790 – 1828

1st Wife: Mary Emily Woodward 1826 – 1858

2nd Wife: Isabella Richards Bower 1830 – 1910
(Buried: Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Missouri)​


John William Slack 1844 – 1862​
Emma I. Slack 1849 – 1886​
William Yarnel Slack Jr. 1860 – 1890​
(Buried: Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Missouri)​
Gustavus Bower Slack 1862 – 1946​
(Buried: Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Missouri)​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Chillicothe, Missouri​
Helped raise cash in founding of University of Missouri​
1846 – 1847: Served in the Mexican War, rising to Captain​
Member of Missouri State General Assembly​
Strong Pro Slavery Advocate​
Member of Missouri State Constitution Convention​

Civil War Career:

Brigadier General of 5th Division of the Missouri State Guards​
Participated in the Battles of Carthage and Springfield, Missouri​
1861: Wounded in left hip during the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri​
1862: Commander of 2nd Brigade of Missouri State Guards​
1862: Shot in the left hip during the Battle of Pea Ridge​

Died: March 21, 1862

Place of Death: Benton County, Arkansas

Cause of Death: His left hip wound

Age at time of Death: 45 years old

Burial Place: Confederate Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
The Richmond authorities appointed him Brigadier on April 17, 1862. This was done during his "recovery". He had been wounded on the March 7th and was moved so he wouldn't be captured and died on the 21st of March. Richmond possibly did not know of his passing.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Slack was given command of the 2nd Brigade,Confederate Volunteers in Price's Division. This brigade was made up of members of the Missouri State Guard who decided to enlist in the Confederate service instead of remaining in the State Guard.