Samuel Wragg Ferguson

Samuel Wragg Ferguson, a member of the class of 1857 at West Point, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, November 3, 1834. After participating in the Mormon expedition of 1857-58, he resigned in March 1861, and was attached to the staff of General Beauregard, with whom he served until after the battle of Shiloh. He saw a good deal of cavalry duty in the Vicksburg campaign, and was appointed brigadier general from July 23, 1863. From then until the end of the war his brigade was a part of General W. H. Jackson's division; and after a tour of duty in Mississippi, was mainly employed on the flanks of Sherman's army in Georgia and the Carolinas. When, in August 1864, his name was suggested for promotion to major general, his superior, General Joseph Wheeler, strenuously objected, stating that he was a trouble maker and that his command was notorious for desertion. General Ferguson lived for more than a half century after the close of hostilities, making his home for the most part in Greenville, Mississippi, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He was president of the board of Mississippi levee commissioners for several years, and in 1885 was appointed by President Arthur to the Mississippi River Commission. His death occurred at Jackson, Mississippi, February 3, 1917, and he is buried there.

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