Benton County

5th Tennessee Infantry

William Davidson was born in the town of Camden, Benton County, Tennessee on February 22, 1844. He was a private in the 5th Tennessee Infantry on May 20, 1861. His brothers George Washington Davidson and Sam Houston Davidson enlisted in Tennessee cavalry regiments.

William was promoted to 1st Lieutenant the following December. When elections for new company grade officers were held throughout the Confederate army in the Spring of 1862, William Davidson was not confirmed in his commission. A note in his records states that he then returned home. His name appears on company muster rolls dated May 15, 1863, January 20, 1864 and March 1864-—the records do not say whether he was present or absent, only that his name appeared on the rolls.

After the war, Davidson moved to Evening Shade, Arkansas, in late 1868 or early 1869. Like his father, the veteran studied law and became an attorney. In 1870 he married Mary Elizabeth Wainwright; the union produced six sons. William was elected to the Arkansas legislature In February 1883, while in Little Rock as the representative of Sharp County. William Davidson disappeared A year later his remains were found on a sand bar in the Arkansas River. Whether he met his death through accident or foul play was never determined.

Contributed by Elizabeth Ramey (his granddaughter) to the Benton County Genealogical Society Jan-Mar 1998