William Sidney WILSON Edit Profile
Little is known of his early career. He was a Democrat and a lifelong bachelor. He became a lawyer in Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi, sometime during the 1840s and served in the state legislature from 1858 to 1861.
He was a secessionist. As a delegate to the provisional Confederate Congress at Montgomery, he served on the Engrossment and Patents Committees before resigning on April 29, 1861, to enter the Confederate Army. Wilson was a lieutenant colonel in the 2nd Regiment of Mississippi Infantry.
He saw much action in the Gulf Coast operations and in Virginia. A Mississippi town was named in his honor. He was mortally wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg and died on November 3, 1862.
"Peculiar institution" of slavery was not only expedient but also ordained by God and upheld in Holy Scripture.
Stands for preserving slavery, states' rights, and political liberty for whites. Every individual state is sovereign, even to the point of secession.
He was a member of the Mississippi state legislature from 1858 to 1859 and 1860 to 1861.