WILSON, THOMAS C. (1842~1907) Thomas C. Wilson, Confederate veteran, was born in Texas in 1842. At age 20, he enlisted in the Confederate Army on October 7, 1861, in San Antonio. He was mustered into Captain H. M Burrows Company, 3 Regiment, Sibley's Brigade Mounted Volunteers, which was later designated Company C, 7th Regiment Texas Cavalry.
The 7th Texas Cavalry first served in the Army of New Mexico and was then assigned to Green's and Hardeman's Brigade in the Trans-Mississippi Department. Once in the Trans-Mississippi, the 7th took part in numerous conflicts in Louisiana, including Cox's Plantation and Bayou Bourbeau. The Regiment surrendered on June 2, 1865.
Sometime between September, 1862 and January, 1864, Wilson was promoted to Sergeant and on September 9, 1863, was taken captive. He was first held as a prisoner of war at Morganza, Louisiana and was later sent to New Orleans and then New Iberia, where he was released on December 21. Following his release, Wilson was furloughed and no other records of his service have been located.
After the War, Wilson returned to Texas and worked as an auctioneer in McCulloch County. On February 1, 1907, recorded as a widower, he moved into the Confederate Men's Home in Austin, but only stayed for a few months before he was discharged at his own request on April 26, 1907. During this time, while still living in Austin, he applied for and received a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas.
On September 15, 1910, Wilson was once again admitted to the Confederate Men's Home, where he remained until his death on April 13, 1917. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery that same day.
Wilson's next of kin at the time of his death was a daughter, Mrs. Maud Stanley, who lived in Fulton.
There has been some mention that Wilson was a Texas Ranger prior to joining the Confederacy, but no verifiable information has been located.
Information taken from: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System website at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss, Compiled Military Service Record, Confederate Pension Application # 13088A, Confederate Home Roster, and Death Certificate 11668.