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William Birch Haldeman (July 27, 1846 - October 27, 1924) was the state adjutant general for the Kentucky Army National Guard from 1912 to 1914. He was part owner of The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times.

He was born on July 27, 1846 in Louisville, Kentucky to Walter N. Haldeman.

During the Civil War he served from late 1862 through early 1864 as a private in Co. G, 9th Kentucky Infantry, C.S.A. He then served as a midshipman in the Confederate navy serving on the James River and participating in the Battle of Drewry's Bluff. Haldeman then resigned from the navy and returned to his comrades in the "Orphan Brigade" for the remainder of the war.

Around 1876 he married Lizzie Robards Offutt (1857-1930). He was the state adjutant general for the Kentucky Army National Guard from 1912 to 1914. He was a member of the state Racing Commission from 1914-1919. In 1924 he was elected Commander of the United Confederate Veterans.

He died at the age of 78 on October 27, 1924 in Louisville while attending a horse race at Churchill Downs. He was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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