Dec. 6, 1919 Columbia Richland County South Carolina, USA
He was the son of Jesse Bethea and Christian Bethune Bethea.
Information found by Stonewall: "He enlisted on or about February 15, 1862 for "three years or the war". Afterwards, he was mustered in as a Private of Company B, 1st Regiment Florida Infantry. Listed as disabled, he spent a large part of his time detached from this command serving as a Nurse at the Foard Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition, he served in the same capacity at hospitals in Marietta, Georgia and Newman, Georgia."
Information from his application to the Confederate Home: In the Spring of 1861, he enlisted in Tallahassee, Florida as a Private and was a member of Company B, First Regiment, Florida Infantry. He was captured at Columbus, Georgia in the Spring of 1865 and was held prisoner for ten days. He was paroled in Macon, Georgia after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee.
Additional information from his application to the Confederate Soldiers Home in Columbia, S.C., (dated May 4, 1909): He was five foot eleven and a half inches tall and was a carpenter by trade. He was the sole survivor of eight children, five of whom fought for the Confederacy.
"Bethea, W. F." is one of the names inscribed on a granite boulder that was erected in Elmwood Cemetery by the Confederate Home.
Source: South Carolina Archives & History site; Find A Grave Contributors greyfox and Stonewall.