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Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Wigfall Grays

4th Tennessee Infantry Co. C

 
 
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By Judith Barber, February 6, 2013
1. The Wigfall Grays Marker (side 1)
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(side 1)
On April 15, 1861, eighty men from Collierville organized the Wigfall Grays to oppose President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to invade the South. The company was named in honor of Senator Louis T. Wigfall who was well known for his eloquent speeches advocating the Southern cause of states' rights. The women of Collierville made uniforms for the men and presented them with a handsewn Confederate Flag made of silk. On August 17, 1861, the men of the company swore their oath of allegiance and formally joined the Confederate Army as Company C, 4th Tennessee Infantry.

The Wigfall Grays fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the War for Southern Independence, including Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw, Dalton, Resaca, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville.
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The Company fought with great courage and determination for four long years against an invading army with far superior resources. One of their number, Corpl. Merrit R. Brown, distinguished
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By Judy King
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himself at the battle of Murfreesboro and received the Confederate Medal of Honor for bravery. By the end of the War, most of the men in the Company had been wounded or captured. Many were killed and lie in mass graves or unmarked graves throughout the south or in northern prisoner of war graves.

After the Company was paroled on May 1, 1865 in Greensboro, North Carolina, the men of the Wigfall Grays returned to Collierville to find many of their homes destroyed and their property confiscated. Despite the hardships inflicted by the northern occupation army, these men worked diligently as farmers and merchants to rebuild their homeland. Descendants of these brave men still live in Collierville today.
 
Erected 1998 by Sons of Confederate Veterans, Wigfall Greys Camp 1560.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1864.
 
Location. 35° 2.537′ N, 89° 39.876′ W. Marker is in Collierville, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on North Rowlett Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 64 Nort Rowlett Street, Collierville TN 38017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
The Wigfall Grays Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 6, 2013
3. The Wigfall Grays Marker
of this marker. Battle of Collierville (a few steps from this marker); History Of The Collierville Town Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville, Tenn. (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville, Tennessee Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Collierville (within shouting distance of this marker); Memphis & Charleston Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Original Depot (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collierville.
 
The Wigfall Grays Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 6, 2013
4. The Wigfall Grays Marker
Two other markers can be seen in the background.
The Wigfall Grays Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 6, 2013
5. The Wigfall Grays Marker
The marker is in the town square park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on February 8, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia.   2. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Judy King of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5. submitted on February 8, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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