Memoirs written by Benjamin James Wilson, b. 2
Jan 1840 – d. 10 Feb 1922, about his experiences during the Civil War. He enlisted 15 June
1861, in Transylvania County, NC, Co. E, 25th NC Infantry, was paroled at Appomattox 9 Apr 1865; M.
W. Ransom's Brigade. Benjamin James was the son of Benjamin and Jane Grant
Wilson. After his return from the war, he married Phoebe Serena Bracken on 5 Oct 1865 in
Transylvania County. They are my great-great-grandparents and are both buried at
Cathey’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Spelling is as written in Benjamin James
Wilson’s own hand. Original manuscripts owned by Jack Wilson have been lost. A
typescript copy is held at the North Carolina State Archives. Transcribed from a
Photocopy of original by Linda O. Anders, 12 Jan 2003.
Click here to see additional information about the Benjamin James Wilson Family (his father).
During the War of States I volunteered in 61 in Co. E 25 NC. Our first
fight was in front of Richmon Va. 7 days fight ending at Malvern Hill. Next was at Plimoth NC where
we flanked them captured 250 prisners. Then went back to Va. Was in nerley all of the fights in Va
at Sarps Burg Marland we had to fall back across the Potomack River. At fredricks Burg they
tride to break our lines 7 colums deep. We refuted them with heavy loss to them. Our loss
In front of Peters Burg Va they blode up our works. Rushed in the grves to
hold works had Black flag. We was frmed out in open field to charge them out. We killed them out. I
was wonded in right lung. Ball broke rib lodged between rib and skin. Dr. Lucky was Dr. of our
regiment. He sayd I woud not live 15 min. Would not cut ball out. Dr. ohagen came along cut
ball out. Then they put me in ambulance cart. I remember when I com to I saw coffin by my bunk. I
sayd to ward master hoo is ded he told me had it there to put me in didn’t have time to bery me
that day. I told him I was not redy for it yet. The Dr. there rote to capton graves of our co that
I was ded. He rote it home to Mother that I was dead.
After I got well anuff went back and was in severl fights after that was
with Gen. Lee at the surrender. So I will close by saying give my love and respects to all the
Daughters of the Cofedarcy.
B J Wilson
When I went to the war we had 4 hed of horses 10 hed of cattle 45 hed hogs
50 hed of sheep. Wen I came back robers had taken all. The first election after the war som of the
outliers tride to kill me & would if hadent bin too big coward.
B J Wilson