William Feimster Tucker

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William Feimster Tucker was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, May 9, 1827, and was graduated from Emory and Henry College in Virginia at the age of twenty-one. The same year he moved to Houston, Mississippi. He was elected probate judge of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, in 1855. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar, and was practicing his profession when the war broke out in 1861. Entering Confederate service as captain of Company K, 11th Mississippi Infantry, he fought at First Manassas in General Barnard E. Bee's brigade. Shortly thereafter Tucker's company was transferred to the West and incorporated into the 41st Mississippi of which he was commissioned colonel on May 8, 1862. He led his new regiment with great gallantry at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga; and was promoted brigadier general to rank from March 1, 1864. In the course of the ensuing Atlanta campaign, General Tucker was so severely wounded at Resaca on May 14 as to be incapacitated for further field duty. In the closing weeks of the war he commanded the District of Southern Mississippi and East Louisiana. Returning to Chickasaw County, he resumed his former profession and was a member of the legislature in 1876 and 1878. He was assassinated on September 14, 1881 at Okolona, Mississippi, allegedly by two men hired for the deed by one Shaw, against whom General Tucker had a case pending for misappropriation of guardianship funds. He is buried in Okolona.

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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