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William Henry Chew enlisted in May 1861 as a private in Company A, Clinch Rifles, 5th Georgia Infantry. He was discharged because of disability in August 1862 then enlisted again as a private a short time later at Augusta, Ga. in Company A, 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry.

Through the consolidation he was transferred to Company A, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry February 1864. In March he was selected to be QM Sgt.

When the 7th was assigned to Hampton's Legion, W.H. Chew was elected 2nd Lt. on June 1, 1864 and 10 days later was captured at Trevillian Station. Lt. Chew was sent to Point Lookout from Fortress Monroe June 20, 1864, then transferred to Ft. Delaware.

The next move was to Charleston, S.C. in mid August 1864 thus beginning about 7 months as one of the Immortal 600. In October 1864 the 600 were transferred to Ft. Pulaski and remained there until March 1865 at which time he was shipped back to Ft. Delaware. On June 1, 1865, Lt. Chew signed an oath of allegiance, was released and returned to Augusta.

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