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 James Harrison Wilson

James Harrison Wilson

Birth
Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois, USA
Death 23 Feb 1925 (aged 87)
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 5847 · View Source
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Civil War Union Major General. He emerged from the Civil War as one of the most distiguished Cavalry commanders. After serving as a topographical engineer and aide during the first years of the war, General Harrison was promoted to field command in October 1863. He became commander of a Cavalry Division under Philip Sheridan, with whom he particiapated in the relentless cavalry fights and skirmishes in the Spring and Summer of 1864. Transferred to the Western Theatre, he commanded over 17,000 cavalrymen in the battles with John B. Hood's Army of Tennesse. He particiapted in the destruction of Hood's army at the Battles of Franklin and Nashville. In the spring of 1865 General Wilson put an end to famous Confederate cavalryman Nathan Bedford Forrest's command by overwhelming him and destroying his troops at the Battle of Selma (April 2, 1865).

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  • Added: 10 Jul 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5847
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Harrison Wilson (2 Sep 1837–23 Feb 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5847, citing Old Swedes Churchyard, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .