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Bell Wingo

Obituary of T. R. Wingo, Carroll County, Tennessee.

Dr. T. R. Wingo was born in Nottaway County, Va., October 12, 1826. In 1835 his father moved to Middle Tennessee, near the Hermitage, and later to Carroll County, West Tennessee. His father and several brothers were in the War of 1812; so Dr. Wingo had a right to claim, as he often did, that he "came of old Virginia fighting stock."

In 1848 he entered Union University and was connected with that institution as student and teacher about ten years. He entered the Medical Department of the University of Nashville in 1859, and in 1860 he went to Jefferson Medical College, graduating in 1861. Soon thereafter he joined the Confederate army and was made assistant surgeon of the 27th Tennessee Regiment. In 1863 he was promoted to full surgeon. Near the close of the war Gen. Tyree H. Bell asked General Cheatham for a good surgeon to act as his brigade surgeon, and Dr. Wingo was assigned to the place.

Dr. Wingo did a large practice after the war; but being a great lover of the farm, he gradually withdrew from medicine and devoted himself to farming. Often when looking at growing crops he would say: "Moses never viewed a more magnificent scene from Pisgah's heights." In later years, when his family tried to influence him not to attend the reunions, he would say: "It is as near heaven from a reunion as anywhere." He took a lively interest in the European war and read the news to within a few hours of his death.

Clad in his gray uniform and resting in a casket of gray, the "clay tenement" of the grand old Christian soldier was lowered by loving hands into the bosom of mother earth, there to await the glorious dawn of the resurrection morn.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1915.

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