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Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Major General James Harrison Wilson, USV

Wilson's Raiders

 
 
Major General James Harrison Wilson, USV Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2012
1. Major General James Harrison Wilson, USV Marker (Side A)
Inscription.

(Side A)
Major General James Harrison Wilson, USV
1837-1925


Exceptional American soldier, born Illinois, West Point Class of 1860, MG at 27. Civil War service: Port Royal 1861-62, Aide to McClellan '62; Vicksburg and Chattanooga Campaigns, Grant's staff '63-64, Chief of Cavalry Bureau '64; Wilderness and Valley Campaigns, Commander Cavalry Division, Sherman's Corps'64; Franklin, Nashville, AL & GA '64-65. Retired from Army 1870; pursued railroading career in U.S., Latin America, Japan & China. MG USV, 1898; War With Spain, Division Commander in Puerto Rico; Boxer Rebellion, Commander U.S. & British troops in China. U.S. representative at coronation of King Edward VII

(Side B)
Wilson's Raiders
April 1865

MG J.H. Wilson's Cavalry Corps raised U.S. flag over Alabama's and the Confederacy's first capital on 4/12/65, 3 days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Wilson had defeated LTG N.B. Forrest's depleted and outnumbered troops at the Confederate arsenal city of Selma. Before fleeing Montgomery, BG D.W. Adams, CSA ordered 85,000 bales of cotton and 40,000 bushels of corn set afire to deny them to the Federals. But for the wind's change and heroic volunteer firefighters, the city would have burned. Wilson left Montgomery for Columbus, GA on Friday, 4/14/65, the day Lincoln
Wilson's Raid (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2012
2. Wilson's Raid (Side B)
was shot by Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington.
 
Erected 1992 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 22.891′ N, 86° 20.72′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Ash Street west of Poplar Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Air University / Maxwell Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); North American B-25 Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); William R. Lawley, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Montgomery Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Former POWs And Those MIA (within shouting distance of this marker); British and Commonwealth Pilots Trained in the U.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Sikorsky MH-53M 'Pave Low IV' Helicopter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .
1. Maj Gen James H. Wilson. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. James Harrison Wilson at Find A Grave
MG James H. Wilson / Wilson's Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2012
3. MG James H. Wilson / Wilson's Raid Marker
. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wilson's Raid. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. James Harrison Wilson. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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