Remembering Private William Carlyle, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky
Private William Carlyle was a farmer born in Hampshire County, Virginia and was probably the son of Robert A. Carlyle and Maria McCauley. He enlisted September 25, 1862. Twenty-three when he enlisted, he was 5’6” and had a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. Carlyle was captured at the Battle of Stones River, December 31, 1862. He was parole at City Point, Virginia, on January 27, 1863. Private Carlyle deserted April 15, 1863 at Louisville, Kentucky. An order for his arrest, stating that he was a “very bad character,” was issued on July 8, 1864, on information that he was living under an alias, W. J. Poulter, in Versailles, Kentucky.