Prior to 1850, Wiley Powell had moved from Elbert County, Ga. to Anderson S.C. His father, William Riddle Powell, just before his death in 1848, gave his son, Wiley, 100 acres of land in Elbert Co., Ga.
From History of the 38th Regiment of Georgia Volunteer Infantry:
"Wiley Powell was born in September, 1819 in Elbert County, Ga. He was the son of Sara Franklin and William Riddle Powell. He enlisted in the 1st Regiment of Georgia Militia, Captain Bowman’s Company, during the Cherokee War in 1838. He was mustered out with a honorable discharge on June 22th, 1838.
Wiley married Mariah Adkins on December 15, 1838, in South Carolina.
Wiley’s two oldest sons, William Joseph and James Lewis Powell enlisted at Haley’s Store on October 15th, 1861, in Company F, Thornton’s Line Volunteers. James Lewis Powell was wounded during the Seven Days battles around Richmond, either Gaines Mill or Savage Station, the record is not clear. He was sent home to Elbert County.
Wiley joined his son Joseph the month following James Lewis's wounding. He enlisted in Company F on July 29th, 1862. Wiley was wounded at the battle of 2nd Manassas, August 28th, 1862. He probably accompanied the 38th Ga. Into Pennsylvania, during June of 1863. He may have even been beside his son Joseph, when he was killed in battle of Gettysburg, during the 38th Georgia’s first day action on July 1st, 1863, assaulting Barlow’s Knoll and then pushing into the town of Gettysburg. William was buried on the battlefield and his grave was marked with a wooden headboard. His grave marker was still clearly legible during April 1866, as his marked grave was reported in a Georgia newspaper, but it is unknown if his remains were ever returned to Georgia."
Just over three months after son Lewis died, Wiley Powell died of tuberculosis in General Hospital #3, at Lynchburg, Va. 1/24/1864. He is buried there in Confederate Cemetery. No. 7, 3d Line, Lot 200 - Ferguson's.