Thomas Campbell Sexton was told he would face certain death if he refused to allow a doctor to amputate his leg after a Minie ball tore through it during the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.
But as the story goes, Sexton being a stubborn man, told the doctor he would rather die than live without his leg. And live he did, almost to the age of 100 before he died of a heart attack in Dodge County in 1943.
Sexton was a private in Company D, 4th Virginia Infantry, in the army of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. The brigade is probably one of the most famous Confederate brigades because it was commanded by Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, said Jim Arbaugh.
Mound City National Cemetery Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Dixon 'Wild Bunch', the Tilghman Camp and the 1st Illinois Battery D Light Artillery journied to Mound City, Illinois, on Saturday to celebrate the service and sacrifice of over 2000 Confederate soldiers buried there.
William Wilson was born September 2nd, 1844 in Bennett’s Bayou, Fulton County, Arkansas. He was the son of Jacob and Lydia Wilson. When the War Between the States came along, William’s father, Jacob Wilson, joined with a band of Confederate “Irregulars” while Jacob’s brother, Joshua Wilson, was a strong Unionist. On February 8, 1862, 16-year-old William and his brother, Joseph, who was 18, along with 8 to ten cousins, travelled to Howell County, Missouri and enlisted in Company C of the 4th Missouri Infantry, Confederate Forces.
The Wilson boys served together at Farmington and in the Iuka and Corinth Campaigns where Joseph was wounded and captured. He was paroled and went home. William went on to fight on to the battle of Hatchie Bridge, the final battle for Vicksburg, when his one-year enlistment was up.
After the war, William moved to Coffeen in Montgomery County, Illinois. In December of 1870 in Sharon, Fayette County, Illinois, he married Jane Browning. They were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters. Just ten years after being married, William died on July 8, 1880 from a carbuncle. He was buried in the Browning Cemetery at Shafter.
William was much more than just a soldier in the war. He was a farmer, a husband, a father, a member of the community, and a good Christian man. He served for the Cause of the South, but went on with life. While we honor his service today as an American veteran, we also honor him for his life and the legacy he left for his posterity.
Wilson's descendants are members of the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp # 1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Squad East.
Joe Starek and Billy Altman demonstrate the loading of an 1861 SpringfieldRifled Musket. Video from the Freeburg, Illinois Homecoming. August 18, 2012. Joe and Billy are members of the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp #1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Joe Starek, from the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp #1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans, demonstrates just how dangerous a black powder revolver can be - even when it's loaded with only powder! The Camp was set up at the Homecoming at Freeburg, Illinois on August 18, 2012.
The Village of Smithton, Illinois dedicated their Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 28, 2012. The ceremony was hosted by the Smithton American Legion Post with the assistance of Scouts from the area as well as members of the 3rd Illinois Cavalry and the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp 1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Compatriot Brett Warner, a member of the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp 1963, Sons of Confederate Veterans, was laid to rest Monday, March 26, 2012. Members of the Camp, and the Knights and Ladies of the Golden Circle were there to pay respects.
Brett F. Warner, 51, of Mascoutah, Ill., born Sept. 29, 1960, in Belleville, Ill., died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Brett was a retired police officer from the Mascoutah Police Department. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Mascoutah, Sons of Union Veterans, and Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was an avid genealogist and a law enforcement Purple Heart recipient.