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Confederate (CSA)

Major

William Sydney Wilson

(1816 - 1862)

Home State: Mississippi

Command Billet: Commanding Battalion

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

A lawyer in Port Gibson, he was in the Mississippi State Legislature 1858-59 and 1860-61, and very briefly a member of the Provisional Confederate Congress in early 1861. He then recruited the Claiborne Volunteers who became Company F, 2nd Battalion of Mississippi State Troops, and he was commissioned Major, date not known.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded and captured at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, but died of his wounds on 3 November 1862.

References & notes

Basic service from his Compiled Military Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database. Personal details from a sketch in Warner and Yearns' Biographical Register of the Confederate Congress (1975). His gravesite is on Findagrave; he was buried next to his parents.

Birth

11/07/1816; Snow Hill, MD

Death

11/03/1862; burial in Makemie Memorial Cemetery, Snow Hill, MD