Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fort Sumter's Ties to Biloxi, Mississippi

From the April 14th Biloxi (Ms) Sun Herald.

Samuel Wragg Ferguson accepted Major Anderson's surrender at the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 13, 1861. He moved to Biloxi after the war and had a career as an engineer and a lawyer.

He was an 1857 graduate of West Point and served in Albert Sidney Johnston's Mormon Expedition and was stationed at Walla Walla, Washington. After South Carolina seceded, he resigned and returned to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

He raised the first Confederate flag over Sumter and later delivered it to the Confederate Congress in Montgomery, Alabama. At the Battle of Shiloh, he was with General Beauregard and later became Lt. Col. of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry and led them at the Battle of Farmington and Chickasaw Bluff. In 1863, he was promoted to brigadier general.

During the March to the Sea, he harassed the flanks of Sherman's army. The end of the war found him escorting the fleeing Jefferson Davis into Georgia.

After the war, he married Catherine Lee, daughter of Henry William Lee, cousin of Robert E. Lee. Settling in Mississippi, his son, James Ferguson was the Biloxi city engineer and surveyor who worked up the specifications of what became the city's seawall along US-90.

Samuel Wragg Ferguson died February 3, 1917, in Jackson and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Quite a History. --Old B-Runner

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