| 8th MO Infantry (US)
the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi (near Vicksburg)
J.E.C. Wilson's biography below is excerpted from "The History of Polk County, Iowa"
published by the Union Historical Company, Birdsall, Williams & Company 1880.
It is found in the section called: BIOS - Polk County 1880 Douglas Township.
WILSON, J. E. C. - Farmer and stock-raiser, section 22, P. O.
Greenwood. Was born in Adams
County, Indiana, April 30, 1845, and was there raised until
about ten years old, when he moved
with his mother to Knox county, Illinois, and there resided
until about 1861.
He then enlisted in company G, Eighth Missouri Regiment Volunteer Infantry. Was in the battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Hall's Springs, Coldwater, Vicksburg and Jackson; also, the siege of Vicksburg, and nearly all the other prominent battles in which the regiment was engaged. He was slightly wounded at the first attack on Vicksburg, wounded at Arkansas Post, struck with a shell at Kingston, and slightly injured. He was promoted to corporal for valuable services rendered, and was acting sergeant at the close of the war.
J.E.C. Wilson was married October 19, 1868, to Miss Sarah Ann Pyle, of Starke County, Illinois.
J.E.C. Wilson was again married, to Miss Mary Maria Brazelton (born 28 NOV 1847) of Polk County. She is a lady esteemed by all who know her.
Mr. Wilson has always taken an active part in the schools of his neighborhood, and has held important township offices.
(NOTE 1: Sarah A. Wilson
died in 1870, and is buried in
Greenwood Friends Cemetery - Sec O, Row 7, Lot 11).
(NOTE 2: Mary M. Wilson died on 09 FEB 1929, and is buried in Greenwood Friends Cemetery - Sec O, Row 7, Lot 10; which is right next to the plot for J.E.C. Wilson's first wife, Sarah.)
The biographical information can be found on RootsWeb. Permission to publish has been granted by Marion John Rice.
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