TYLER, W. S. (1840 ~ 1906). Confederate veteran W. S. Tyler was born in 1840 in Virginia and moved to Texas in 1857. At the start of the Civil War broke out, Tyler was found serving in Company F of the 1st Virginia Infantry, which was formed in 1851, from nine Richmond-area militia units.
The regiment was activated on April 21, 1861, and was mustered into Confederate service on June 30, 1861. Tyler served in Company F, which was also known as the "Beauregard Rifles." The Company was formed under Captain Frank B. Schaeffer and served at the first Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861. In September of 1861, the company was relieved from its duty with the 1st Virginia Infantry and was mustered into the 1st Virginia Artillery, as Company C. On November 13, 1861, the men were mustered out of the 1st Artillery and no supporting documentation has been found to show their next actions or whereabouts.
Sometime after the War, Tyler returned to Texas and settled in Paris, Lamar County, where he worked as a bookkeeper. A Catholic, Tyler was married, though his wife's name is not currently known. He did have a son, C. H. Tyler, who was living in Wolfe City, Texas in 1905 and 1906.
On October 3, 1905, Tyler moved to Austin to live in the Confederate Men's Home. He died on November 18, 1906, and was later buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from: Charles E. Chambers, Virginia Confederates in Texas, (1993); 1st Virginia Infantry website, http://user.aol.com/jweaver300/grayson/1vainf.htm; History of the 1st Virginia Artillery; http://www.cross-sites.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/WBTS/history/1va.html; Schaeffer's Beauregard Rifles Artillery Battery, http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1850/schafbrarty.html; Confederate Home Roster.