William was a soldier in the Confederate States Army, Co G, 46 Alabama Infantry. He enlisted May 3, 1862. Captured at Bakers Creek May 16, 1863 (Battle of Champion Hill near Vicksburg). Sent to Camp Delaware, paroled July 3, 1863. Evidently he rejoined the remnants of the 46th, because he was captured again on July 30, 1864 near Atlanta. This time he was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio and was held until the end of the war.
He married Martha Jane Lashley (1844–1923). Together they had about five children including Benjamin Stephen Fetner (listed).
It was January 13, 1926 when William passed away, in Randolph County, Alabama, USA. He was 91 at the time of his death. He was buried at the New Harmony Cemetery, Lineville, Clay County, Alabama, USA.
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