Thursday, January 9, 2014

Civil War Soldier's Son Dies at 99"

From the December 14, 2012, Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal by Matthew Hutchinson. //// Marion Wilson, 99, was the youngest of sixteen children fathered by Confederate soldier Hamilton "Ham" Wilson of the 29th North Carolina Infantry, which was brigaded with 4 Texas regiments and the 2nd North Carolina led by General Matt Ector, who was himself from Texas. //// The brigade fought at Chickamauga and in the Atlanta and Nashville campaigns. After the war, "Ham" had been a farmer and justice of the peace in eastern Oklahoma. He fathered eight children with his first wife. She died at age 44 and he later remarried and had eight more, spending the rest of his life in Rose, Oklahoma where he died in 1938. //// Marion Wilson was born Fenruary 8, 1913, and moved to Amarillo in 1929. He joined the Army after Pearl Harbor. He said that his father had lived so far up in the Smokey Mountains that he knew nothing about slavery when he joined the Confederate Army. //// --Old Secesh

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