William Norris (1820-1896) was the Chief Signal Officer of the Confederate States Army and Chief of the Signal Bureau in Richmond. He is often confused with Dr. William S. Morris, president of the wartime Southern Telegraph Company. He is often referred to as Major, but he attained the rank of Colonel in the closing days of the war. [Wikipedia]
in Lincon's Bodyguard Norris is a leader of Southern guerilla warfare after the South's official surrender.