William Cordra Maples 54
- Born: 1768, Halifax County, Virginia 54
- Marriage: Nancy Long on 6 Oct 1790 in Pittsylvania County, VA 54
- Died: 12 Oct 1847, Huntsville, Madison County, AL aged 79 54
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William Cordra was in the Revolution and the War of 1812.
William Cordra's buriel place is unknown at this time, but a granite and bronze slab in the courthouse yard, Huntsville, Alabama, erected and dedicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution reads: "In honor of the Revolutionary Soldiers living in Madison County, Alabama." Among the names is listed William C. Maples. His obituary was widely published in several newspapers and read in part:
William C. Maples, a soldier in the Revolution at the age of 15 years on Dan River and Battle of Guilford Courthouse. An account of this from Dictionary of American Battles, page 182: Guilford Courthouse Battle; "General Lord Charles Cornwallis failed to trap the American Army of General Greene south of the Dan River, he turned back into North Carolina. Greene collected reinforcements in Virginia until he had 4,400 men. Then on February 25th, 1781, he re crossed the Dan River moving to Guilford Courthouse; Greene took up a strong position and waited for Cornwallis to attack. The latter marched westward from Hillsboro reaching the American position in the afternoon of March 15th; Greene had deployed his army as follows: His weakest Militia, North Carolina, occupied the front line behind a zigzag fence. The second line 300 yards to the rear was held by stronger Militia forces from Virginia. More than 500 years to the rear stood the principal line, the Continentals, drawn up along the brow of the Courthouse hill. Although the British Army of 1,900 was heavily outnumbered, the redcoated regulars advanced steadily. They took the two volleys of the first line and pressed on to the second line. Here the fighting was more severe, but again the relentless British attack overcame American resistance. At the third line the fighting became intense. Finally rather than risking everything in attempting to win a decisive victory, Greene effected an orderly retreat. Cornwallis won the field, but the price was high. More than a fourth of his men were wounded, 93 dead, Greene lost 78, and 183 were wounded. Some militiamen had vanished into the woods. Too weak to pursue the Americans, Cornwallis turned and marched 200 miles to Wilmington, North Carolina to get supplies. He then moved farther North into Virginia."
In the War of 1812, William C. Maples served as Sergeant in Captain William Mitchell's Company of Mounted Infantry, East Tennessee Volunteer Militia, in Regiment commanded by Col. Samuel Wear. He entered service September 27, 1813. He did not receive a pension for either service.
From "The Maples Family Through America's Wars" by Norma Stewart Maples -- Used by permission
William married Nancy Long, daughter of Edward Long and Jane Jones, on 6 Oct 1790 in Pittsylvania County, VA.54 (Nancy Long was born in 1768 in Loudoun County, Virginia 54 and died in 1850 in Huntsville, Madison County, AL 54.)