Claudius Charles Wilson

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Claudius Charles Wilson was born in Effingham County, Georgia, October 1, 1831. Educated at Emory College in Oxford, Georgia, from which he was graduated in 1851, he read law and gained admission to the Savannah bar the year following. In 1859 he was elected solicitor general for the eastern circuit of Georgia, but resigned in 1860. Wilson was residing in Chatham County at the outbreak of war. He entered the Confederate Army as captain of Company I, 25th Georgia Infantry, a regiment of which he was elected and commissioned colonel on September 2, 1861. After being equipped and drilled, his command served throughout 1862 at various points on the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. In 1863 it was attached to the forces under Joseph E. Johnston in the Vicksburg campaign, and following the surrender of Vicksburg, was ordered to Georgia. At the battle of Chickamauga Colonel Wilson commanded a brigade in W. H. T. Walker's reserve corps, and so distinguished was his conduct that he was recommended for promotion to brigadier general. Unfortunately, he was soon attacked by camp fever, from which he died at Ringgold, Georgia, November 27, 1863. Eleven days previously his promotion to the grade of brigadier had been announced, and he was posthumously confirmed as such by the Confederate Senate on February 17, 1864. He is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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