Thomas Wilson of Washington, D.C.
Appointed from Washington, D.C., Cadet, Unied States Military Academy, 1 July 1849 (29)
Brevet Second Lieuenant, 6th U.S. Infantry, 1 July 1853
Second Lieutenant, 5th U. S. Infantry, 26 October 1854
First Lieutenant, 1 April 1857
Captain, 25 October 1861
Lieuenant Colonel, C.S., Assigned 26 December 1863 to 1 August 1865
Major, C.S., 20 May 1882
Lieuetnant Colonel, ACGS, 1 August 1892
Colonel, ACGS, 1 June 1896
Brevet Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier General, 14 March 1865, for faithful and meritorious service durng the war
Retired 10 June 1896
Died 30 May 1901
GENERAL WILSON’S FUNERAL
Services from the Madison Avenue Reformed Church
Body Taken to Washington
NEW YORK, June 1, 1901 – The funeral of Thomas Wilson, United States Army, was held last evening at the Madison Avenue Reformed Church, the pastor, the Rev. Abbott E. Kittredge, officiating. The services were very simply but impressive.
Dr. Kittredge read General Wilson’s favorite passage of the Scripture, the ninety-first Psalm, and a portion of the fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of St. John. The music was by the congregation. Dr. Kittredge spoke briefly of the character of the deceased.
Among the floral emblems was a pillow bearing the initials “S.A.R.” from the Sons of the American Revolution, of which society the General was a member. The body was escorted to Jersey City by a delegation of compatriots, consisting of Stephen M. Wright, W. W. J. Warren, William A. Marble, Edward Payson Cone, and Edward Hagaman Hall, and were accompanied to Washington on the midnight train by Mrs. Wilson, her daughters, Miss Margaret and Mrs. Switzer, the latter’s husband. The interment will take place Sunday in Arlington National Cemetery with military honors.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation
- BRIG GEN COL US ARMY
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/30/1901
- BURIED AT: SITE 1008
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard