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James M. Wilson memoirs

James M. Wilson memoirs

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Finding aid for the James M. Wilson memoirs

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

April 25, 2011



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-26T12:05-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Wilson, James Montgomery, 1845-?
Title: James M. Wilson memoirs
Dates: 1861-1868
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains the Civil War memoir of James M. Wilson who served with the 15th Arkansas Infantry (Northwest), Captain P. H. Buchanan's guerilla company, and the 1st Arkansas Cavalry Battalion (Stirman's).
Identification: BC.MSS.11.29
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is contained in one file.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the Civil War memoir of James M. Wilson who served with the 15th Arkansas Infantry (Northwest), Captain P. H. Buchanan's guerilla company, and the 1st Arkansas Cavalry Battalion (Stirman's).


Biographical Information

James Montgomery Wilson was born March 20, 1845, in Washington County, Arkansas. He was raised at Cane Hill and was a student at Cane Hill College when the Civil War broke out. Professor Buchanan, a teacher at the college, raised a company for Confederate service, but Wilson's uncle and guardian, Ewing McClure, would not allow him to join given that he was only sixteen.

By June 1861, Dr. William Welsh had raised a company and Wilson received permission to enlist. His company first moved to Missouri and camped with other regiments at Springfield. Dr. Welsh, for unclear reasons, disbanded his company and returned home with young Wilson. Captain Buchanan, the college professor, organized a company for a year of regular service and Wilson joined his regiment. They were sworn in at Fayetteville, Arkansas, in October 1861, and drilled at Pea Ridge (Camp McCulloch) in Benton County. The unit became Company H, 15th Arkansas Infantry (Northwest), commanded by Colonel Dandridge B. McRae.

Wilson was discharged from the unit on November 13, 1862, for being underage. He later joined Captain P. H. Buchanan's guerilla company followed by Company F, 1st Arkansas Cavalry Battalion (Stirman's) and served until the end of the war. Wilson was paroled on June 26, 1865.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Cavalry Battalion, 1st. (Stirman's)
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 15th. (1861-1865)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 2nd.
McClure, Ewing, 1816-?
Wilson, James Montgomery, 1845-?

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James M. Wilson memoirs, MSS.11.29, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

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