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Cain Wilson

Obituary of William Henry Wilson, Opelousas, Louisiana.

William H[enry] Wilson died on August 21, 1922, at his home in Opelousas, La., after an illness of several months. He was born in New Orleans, March 19, 1846. His parents removed to Mississippi when the New Orleans and Jackson Great Northern Railroad was being built, and his father built the first store in Summit, Miss. Just after the War between the States they went to St. Landry Parish, La.

Comrade Wilson joined the Confederate army as a young boy, becoming a member of Company I, 4th Mississippi Cavalry, then in Wirt Adam's Brigade, afterwards Mabry's, the Stark's Brigade, Chalmer's Division, Forrest's Cavalry; and he was paroled at Gainesville, Ala, May 15, 1865. He participated in the battles of Johnsonsonville, Tenn., Brice's Crossroads, Batesville, Tupelo, Harrisonburg, Miss., and others. "Uncle Billie," as he was called, led a consistent Christian life, a member of the Presbyterian Church, loved and respected by all who knew him. He was the last of my old comrades living in this section; we lived near each other in Mississippi. A good man has gone to rest under the shade of the trees, and we miss him from our midst.

(Isaiah H. Cain.)

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1922.

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