Winfield Scott Featherston

Winfield Scott Featherston, "Old Swet," was born near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, August 8, 1820.  He fought in the Creek War at the age of seventeen, and was admitted to the bar in Mississippi, from which state he was elected to Congress, in 1847, and served four years. A resident of Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1861, Featherston was elected colonel of the 17th Mississippi Infantry, which served with the Army of Northern Virginia during the year 1862. Featherston was commissioned brigadier to rank from March 4. Transferred to the Vicksburg area the following year, his brigade (a part of Loring's division) became separated from the main army under General Pemberton and thus escaped capture when the city capitulated. Continuing in General Loring's division in General Leonidas Polk's corps, he thereafter took part in all of the operations of the western army, and was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, in May 1865. Returning to his law practice in Mississippi, General Featherston became an important factor in the fight to overthrow the carpetbag regime of Governor Adelbert Ames, and served several terms in the state legislature. He was elevated to the bench in 1882, and was a member of the constitutional convention of 1890. He died at Holly Springs, May 28, 1891, and 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.