Talk:William Mahone

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February 2, 2006 Good article nominee Listed
June 2, 2009 Good article reassessment Delisted
Current status: Delisted good article

Other info[edit]

Other info I found but haven't incorporated yet:

  • Name: William Mahone
  • State Served: Virginia
  • Highest Rank: Major-Gen
  • Birth Date: 1826
  • Death Date: 1895
  • Birth Place: Southhampton County, Virginia
  • Army: Confederacy
  • Promotions: Promoted to Full Colonel (6th VA Inf)
  • Promoted to Full Brig-Gen
  • Promoted to Full Major-Gen (Temporary Rank (declined))
  • Promoted to Full Major-Gen
  • Colonel, Sixth Virginia Regiment Infantry, , 1861.
  • Brigadier general, P. A. C. S., November 16, 1861.
  • Major general, P. A. C. S. (temporary rank), June 1, 1864; declined.
  • Major general, P. A. C. S., July 30,1864.

Died at Washington, D. C., October 8, 1895.


Brigade composed of the Third Alabama, the Sixth, Twelfth, Sixteenth and Forty-first Virginia, and Second (afterward the Twelfth) North Carolina Regiments Infantry, Anderson's Division, A. P. Hill's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.

Division composed of Wright's Georgia, Weisiger's Virginia, Saunder's Alabama, Harris' Mississippi and Finegan's Florida Brigades, Army of Northern Virginia, 1864-1865.

Source: Hall, Charles B. Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America. Austin, Texas: The Steck Company, 1963.


At least one source I have read incorrectly states that he was a Senator when he had the stroke on October 1895. He was not reelected after his first term, but was in Washington when he had the stroke and died a week later.

I am researching the middle name, although the letter T is well-documented. Vaoverland 04:17, Jan 31, 2005 (UTC)

William Mahone references[edit]

If you are able to get to a library with newspapers or other material on microfilm, here is a list of mentions of "William Mahone":

  • The Petersburg Index newspaper
  1. 06 April 1867
  2. 09 April 1867
  3. 10 April 1868
  4. 25 April 1868
  5. 27 April 1868
  6. 28 April 1868
  7. 29 April 1868
  8. 04 May 1868
  9. 07 May 1868
  10. 09 May 1868
  11. 14 May 1868
  12. 16 May 1868
  13. 19 May 1868
  14. 22 May 1868
  15. 28 May 1868
  16. 29 May 1868
  17. 30 May 1868
  18. 02 June 1868
  19. 03 June 1868
  20. 11 June 1868
  21. 18 August 1868
  22. 02 October 1868
  23. 06 October 1868
  24. 10 October 1868
  25. 12 October 1868
  26. 13 October 1868
  27. 14 October 1868
  28. 23 November 1868
  29. 07 December 1868
  30. 28 December 1868
  31. 18 January 1870
  32. 11 February 1870
  33. 19 February 1870
  34. 18 March 1870
  35. 18 July 1870
  36. 02 May 1871
  37. 17 November 1871
  38. 04 January 1873
  • Petersburg Daily Index newspaper
  1. 15 April 1868
  2. 07 August 1868
  • Daily Index newspaper (also of Petersburg)
  1. 20 July 1865
  • The Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly
  1. Series XXIX, Vol 2, Chapter: 01-MAY-1991, Section: Legislative Petitions from Virginia Counties with Significant Record Losses: 3. James City County
  2. Series XXX, Vol 4, Chapter: 01-NOV-1992, Legislative Petitions

Census references[edit]

  • 1860; Age in 1860: 33; Birthplace: Virginia; Home in 1860: Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia; Post Office: Norfolk; Roll: M653_1366; Page: 529; Other members of household: Otelia Mahone (age 22), William Mahone (age 3), Butler Mahone (age 1), Otelia Mahone (age 5/12), Susan Voinard (age 63)
  • 1870; Age in 1870: 43; Birthplace: Virginia; Home in 1870: Lynchburg Lynch Ward, Lynchburg (Independent City), Virginia; Post Office: Lynchburg; Roll: M593_1638; Page: 530; Other members of househould: A L Mahone (age 8), Butler Mahone (age 9), Otelia Mahone (age 34), Otelice Mahone (age 1), William Mahone (age 15)
  • 1880; Census Place: Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Virginia; Roll: T9_1363; Family History Film: 1255363; Page: 395B; Enumeration District: 95; Other members of household: Otelia, William, Butler, Otelia.

Other entries[edit]

MAHONE, WILLIAM, civil engineer, soldier, legislator, United States senator, was born Dec. 1, 1826, in Monroe, Va. In his youth he taught school and then became a civil engineer on the surveys of the Orange and Alexandria railroads. He subsequently built the Fredericksburg Plank road; then was chief engineer of the Norfolk and Petersburg railroad; and became its president. He served as quartermaster in the confederate army, and became major-general. In 1881 he entered the United States senate, and served a full term for six years. It was through his policy that the free school system of his state was rehabilitated; the whipping post abolished; the prerequisite to suffrage removed; a colored normal school and a colored asylum were erected; and the state expenses reduced.

Source: Herringshaw, Thomas William. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century, Chicago, IL: American Publishers' Association, 1902, page 611.

MAHONE, William, a Senator from Virginia; born in Southampton County, Va., December 1, 1826; was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1847; taught two years at the Rappahannock Military Academy; became a civil engineer and constructor of the Norfolk & Petersburg Railroad; participated in the Civil War and took part in the capture of Norfolk Navy Yard; raised and commanded the Sixth Virginia Regiment; was engaged in most of the battles of the Peninsular campaign, those on the Rappahannock, and those around Petersburg; was commissioned brigadier general and major general in 1864 and afterward commanded a corps in Hill's division; at the close of the Civil War returned to railroad engineering, and later became president of a trunk line from Norfolk into Tennessee; served in the State senate 1863-1865; elected to the United States Senate as a Readjuster and served from March 4, 1881, until March 3, 1887; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1887; died in Washington, D.C., October 8, 1895; interment in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, page 1494

MAHONE, William, senator, was born in Southampton county, Va., Dec. 1, 1826; son of Feilding and Martha (Drew) Mahone. He was graduated at the Virginia Military institute in 1847, became a teacher and subsequently a civil engineer, and was constructor of the Norfolk and Petersburg railroad. He joined the Virginia state troops and took part in the capture of the Norfolk navy yard in April, 1861. He raised the 6th Virginia regiment, was appointed its colonel, was promoted to the command of the 2d brigade, Huger's division, Magruder's command, and took a conspicuous part in the battles of Seven Pines and Malvern Hill. In the Chancellorsville campaign he commanded the 3d brigade, R.H. Anderson's division, 1st corps, Army of Northern Virginia, and he took part in the battle of Petersburg, July 1-3, 1863. At Spottsylvania he commanded Anderson's division, when that officer assumed command of Hill's corps, and he drove Hancock back across the river. At North Anna he drove Warren back, and on the Welden road he again opposed Warren, and his division formed the rear of Longstreet's corps previous to the surrender of Lee. He was promoted major-general in August, 1864. After the surrender he became interested in railroad engineering and was elected president of the Norfolk and Tennessee railroad, which he rebuilt. In 1878 he advocate the nomination of G. C. Walker for governor of Virginia before the Democratic state convention. After the election his views on the question of the payment of the public debt did not meet the approval of the Democratic party, and he organized and became a prominent leader of the Readjuster party, which favored the partial repudiation of the state debt, and secured the control of the state legislature. In 1880 he was elected U.S. senator for the term expiring March 3, 1887, and in the senate acted with the Republican party. He was defeated for re-election in 1886 by J. W. Daniel. He died in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 1895.

Source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VII

GA Re-Review and In-line citations[edit]

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PS: I would also work on incorporating the Trivia section details into the main article sections. Agne 23:35, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

Link to wrong dis-ambiguation[edit]

The link to "corduroy" in "Civil Engineer, Railroad Builder, Family" section links to fabric, not road type as it appears it should. As a non-registered user, albeit frequent reader, I have no idea how to fix it or if I should be the one to do so! Can someone please fix the link? Thanks!

Fixed. Thank you for noticing. Hal Jespersen 01:39, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Political affiliation[edit]

We don't need a category for this, but I was curious if anyone knew whether or not he was one of the (if not the only) former general officer in the Confederacy to turn to politics as a Republican - likely as a result of the whole Readjuster party outcome. Worth adding to the article if my assumption is correct, but if an expert knows that'd be great. Old64mb 07:14, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

GA Reassessment[edit]

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GA Sweeps: Delisted[edit]

As part of the WikiProject Good Articles, we're doing sweeps to go over all of the current GAs and see if they still meet the GA criteria. I believe the article currently has multiple issues that need to be addressed, and as a result, I have delisted the article. Although several references are listed, there are no inline citations for any of the article's content which is required under the criteria. Add additional citations from a variety of sources to provide a balanced representation of the information present. Perhaps sources can be pulled from the main articles linked to within the article. Look to books, magazines, newspaper articles, other websites, etc. The lead also needs to be expanded to better summarize the article. See WP:LEAD for guidelines. As a side note, I tagged multiple images for moving over to Wikimedia Commons, so if you have an account there, consider moving them over so other language Wikipedias can use them. Although the article has been delisted, the article can be return to GA status by addressing the above points. Once sources are added and cleanup is done, I recommend renominating the article at WP:GAN or you can contact me on my talk page and I'll review it for you so you can bypass the month-long backlog. If you need assistance with any of these issues, please contact me on my talk page and I'll do my best to help you out. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 01:40, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

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Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:William Mahone/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

I have assessed this article as GA-class and identified the following areas for improvement:
  • The article would benefit from copyediting (try to work trivia items into prose areas)
  • The article needs inline citations
plange 06:12, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

Last edited at 06:12, 5 October 2006 (UTC). Substituted at 10:41, 30 April 2016 (UTC)