William S. Askew

William S. Askew

William S. Askew was from Coweta County, GA. He served as a private for the Confederate States of America.

He enlisted on 7 May 1861 in Co. A, 1st Volunteers Regiment Georgia and was discharged on 21 Aug 1861 in Monterey, VA.

He enlisted in Co. F, 16th Battalion Cavalry Regiment, Georgia on 2 May 1862, and was listed as a prisoner of war on 4 Dec 1863 at Knoxville, TN. He transferred in Co. F, 13th Cavalry Regiment Georgia on 2 May 1864.

Private Askew was paroled about 15 Feb 1865 at Fort Delaware, DE and was exchanged on 10 Mar 1865 at Boulware's Wharf, VA.


Biography , Coweta Co,

, Coweta Co, Georgia

WILLIAM S. ASKEW, a prominent citizen of Newnan, was born in Coweta county, Ga., Jan. 1, 1841. His father, James P. Askew, son of William S. and Mary Askew, both natives of North Carolina, came to Georgia with his parents when six years of age, settling in Hancock county, where he grew to manhood. He was a soldier in the war of 1836, and his father was a soldier in the revolutionary war. William S. Askew, the subject of this sketch, attended school in an old log schoolhouse after fodder-pulling time and his education was very limited. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Newnan guards, the first company to leave Coweta county. After one year, the company being reorganized, he was connected with Georgia regiment. In July, 1861, he was captured at Laurel Hill, but made his escape; his health failed, however, and for about five weeks he was cut off from his men. In the fall of 1861 he enlisted in the company commanded by Capt. Pittman, serving until 1862, when his time expired, but at the same time he re-enlisted under Capt. J. D. Sims, and served until September, 1863, when he was again captured and taken to Camp Morton at Indianapolis, Ind., and then to Fort Delaware, where he was held a prisoner until March 10, 1865, when he was paroled, this ending his war life. He was in some very hard-fought battles, among which were: Laurel Hill, Huntsville, Richmond, Kentucky and Jonesboro, and was captured at Blountville, Tenn. After the war he returned to Newnan and began farming, and was also engaged in the mercantile business until 1875, when he was elected sheriff of Coweta county, serving two years. In 1891 he and W. L. Cruce built a large-sized corn mill and also handled all kinds of building material. On Sept. 19, 1893, Mr. Askew bought his partner's interest and since then has been sole proprietor. On March 3, 1867, Mr. Askew was married to Miss Samantha Scroggans, daughter of Barton and Eliza (Bird) Scroggans, to whom children have been born, three of whom are living: Olive May, Eugene and Anna E. Mrs. Askew was born and reared in Coweta county and both she and her husband are members of the M. E. church. Mr. Askew is a member of the I. O. O. F., and is well liked by all who know him.

Transcribed from MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA published by the Southern Historical
Association, 1895.


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