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Wilburn Hill King

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by Gen. States Rights Gist, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Gen. States Rights Gist

    Gen. States Rights Gist Cadet

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    I am trying to find information on this man. King was wounded in mansfield(How?) and due to this wound did not take command right away of the brigade that consisted of 16th Texas Inf., 18th inf, 28th Cav, 34th Cav, and Well's Regiment. How was he wounded? Also when was this man offically posted as a Brig. General, I see him referred through different sources but no offical listing as a Brigadier General.
     

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  3. M E Wolf

    M E Wolf Brigadier General Moderator

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    O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXXIV/3 [S# 63]
    CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STATES AND TERRITORIES, FROM APRIL 1, 1864, TO MAY 22, 1864.--#2
    GENERAL ORDERS No. 16.
    HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
    Shreveport, La., April 16, 1864.
    The following appointments are made in the Army of the Trans-Mississippi:
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    Col. W. H. King, Eighteenth Regiment Texas Infantry, to be-brigadier-general, to date from April 8, 1864. «49 R R--VOL XXXIV, PT III»
    A. H. May, to be captain in the Adjutant-General's Department, to date from January 1, 1864.
    W. D. Maclay, Sixth Regiment Florida Infantry, to be captain in the Adjutant-General's Department, to date from April 15, 1864.
    By command of General E. Kirby Smith:
    S.S. ANDERSON,
    Assistant Adjutant-General.
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    Confederate Military History, Vol. 11
    CHAPTER VII.
    FRANCIS R. LUBBOCK, GOVERNOR--HIS MESSAGE RECOMMENDS APPROPRIATION FOR RAISING TROOPS --REORGANIZATION OF THE MILITIA--MILITARY BOARD CREATED- HOSPITAL FUND- COUNTY COURT TO LEVY TAXES -- EFFORT TO HAVE A NORTHEAST SUB-DISTRICT- BRIG.-GEN. H. E. McCULLOCH ASSUMES COMMAND IN IT--DIFFICULTY OF RAISING INFANTRY--CAVALRY EASILY RAISED --A NUMBER OF INFANTRY REGIMENTS SENT TO ARKANSAS AND FORM A DIVISION--CAPTURE OF ARKANSAS POST-- REGIMENT SENT TO INDIAN TERRITORY- BATTLE AT POISON SPRING -- TROOPS SENT TO MISSISSIPPI AND TENNESSEE--REGIMENTS AND BATTALIONS RETAINED IN TEXAS-- STATE TROOPS-- MARTIAL LAW-- CONSCRIPTION-TROOPS FOR RIO GRANDE.
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    Almost any one who could get authority from the general or from the secretary of war could raise battalions or regiments of cavalry. It became obvious that if any considerable number of infantry were raised in a reasonable time, that men of personal influence with the people must undertake it. Even then it was necessary to raise infantry troops for twelve months' service, as thereby elderly men would enlist to encourage it, who would not be willing to go in for the war. Consequently, a number of prominent citizens organized regiments for one year and carried them into the service in Arkansas, where they were placed in brigades by order of Major-General Holmes, commanding the Trans-Mississippi department, and constituted a division of infantry, Texas troops. Those commands that had been raised as cavalry had been dismounted on getting to Arkansas, by General Hindman, in command previous to General Holmes.
    ]]]]]The Texas division was organized as follows: First brigade, commanded by Col. Overton Young. Twelfth Texas, Overton Young, colonel; B. A. Philpot, lieuten-ant-colonel; I. W. Raine, major. Eighteenth Texas, Wm. B. Ochiltree, colonel; D. B. Culberson, lieutenant-colonel; W. H. King, major. Thirteenth cavalry, J. H. Burnett, colonel; W. A. Crawford, lieutenant-colonel; C. R. Beaty, major. Twenty.second Texas, R. B. Hubbard, colonel; J. J. Cannon, lieutenant-colonel; P. F. Parks, major. Haldeman's battery, Horace Haldeman, captain.
    Second brigade, commanded by Col. Horace Randal. Twenty-eighth cavalry, Horace Randal, colonel; C. H. Baxter, lieutenant-colonel; H. G. Hall, major. Eleventh Texas, O. M. Roberts, colonel; J. H. Jones, lieutenant-colonel; N. J. Caraway, major. Fourteenth Texas, Edward Clark, colonel; Wm. Bird, lieutenant-colonel; A. H. Rogers, major. Fifteenth Texas, Col. J. W. Spaight. Gould's battalion, Robert S. Gould, major. Daniels' battery, J. M. Daniels, captain.
    Third brigade, commanded by Col. George Flournoy. Sixteenth Texas, Geo. Flournoy, colonel; Jas. E. Shep. ard, lieutenant-colonel; W. H. Redwood, major. Six. teenth cavalry, Wm. Fitzhugh, colonel; E. P. Gregg, lieutenant-colonel; W. W. Diamond, major. Seventeenth Texas, R. T. P. Allen, colonel; G. W. Jones, lieutenant-colonel; F. W. Tabor, major. Nineteenth Texas, Richard Waterhouse, colonel; E. W. Taylor, lieutenant-colonel; W. L. Crawford, major. Edgar's battery, Wm. Edgar, captain.
    Fourth brigade, commanded by Col. Jas. Deshler. Eighteenth cavalry, James Deshler, colonel; Nicholas H. Dar-nell, lieutenant-colonel; J. T. Coit, major. Tenth infantry, R. Q. Mills, colonel; Robert Young, major. Fifteenth cavalry, Geo. H. Sweet, colonel; W. K. Masters, lieutenant-colonel; G. B. Pickett, major. Twenty-fifth cavalry, Clayton C. Gillespie, colonel; Wm. N. Neyland, lieutenant-colonel; J. A. Dark, major.
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    In February, 1865, four cavalry regiments, Chisum's, Candle's, J. M. Wells', and De Morse's, were dismounted and distributed in the division, and a new brigade, the Fourth, formed with Flournoy, Candle's and Wells' regiments, and Brig.-Gen. W. H. King assigned to the command of it. The division was finally commanded by General Forney, when General Walker was placed in command of the Texas department with headquarters at Houston. When the action of the division in various battles fought in Louisiana and Arkansas shall have been fully described, it will redound to the well-earned fame of the Texas soldier.
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    Confederate Military History, Vol. 11
    CHAPTER XV.
    EXAS TROOPS IN ARKANSAS AND LOUISIANA MOVE SOUTHWARD--CHANGES AND PROMOTIONS--NO MORE BATTLES---CAMP GRICE--NEWS OF THE SURRENDER OF GEN. R. E. LEE--GENERALS KIRBY SMITH, MAGRUDER AND FORNEY ADDRESS THE SOLDIERS--THE "BREAK UP" AND TRAVEL HOME-- SURRENDER--ITS TERMS--TEXAS GENERALS AND COLONELS--ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON A TEXAS OFFICER.
    THE Texas troops that were in the battle of Jenkins' Ferry were ordered southward, and about the middle of May, 1864, Col. W. H. King was promoted to brigadier-general and assigned to the Second brigade, General Waul having resigned on account of wounds. Maj. R. P. McCay was promoted to brigadier-general commanding the First brigade, and Col. Richard Waterhouse was promoted and put in command of the Third brigade, Walker's division.
    About the middle of June, 1864, Maj.-Gen. John G. Walker was relieved from his division and assigned to the command of the district of Southwest Louisiana in place of Gen. Richard Taylor, who was transferred east of the Mississippi river. Brigadier-General King for a time was in command of Walker's division, until Maj.-Gen. John H. Forney arrived and took charge. General King was then assigned to the brigade of General Polig-nac, who left the country and returned to France. In the meantime General Magruder had been assigned to duty in southern Arkansas, with the view of keeping the Federals pressed back to the Arkansas river, which was held by General Steele. About the 18th of January, 1865, Lieutenant-General Buckner arrived to take command of the district of Louisiana, and issued an encouraging address to the troops.
    ]]]]]The Texas troops generally in Louisiana commenced a movement to Texas, and by March 15th a large number of them had reached Camp Grice, 2 ½ miles east of Hempstead. Not long afterward a rumor reached them of the surrender of Generals Lee, Johnston and Taylor. Some doubted, but soon the news came as upon the wings of the wind, confirming it as a certainty. Their spirits sank in sadness and regret. Generals Kirby Smith, Magruder and Forney were there, and made addresses to the assembled soldiers, appealing to them to stand to their colors as good soldiers, and even holding out as encouragement the promise of aid from the East, so that a firm stand by them might be the means of gaining sufficient strength to retrieve misfortune and still maintain the cause for which they had so nobly fought. They were advised in any event to hold to their organizations, and on going home to carry with them their honorable discharges. These in substance were the views presented to them.
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    Nothing more is given in regard to BG King.. W. H. King; Wilburn Hill King; Wilburn H. King all tried-nothing more found.

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  4. M E Wolf

    M E Wolf Brigadier General Moderator

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    Manual search using General King (Labor intensive)

    O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XLVIII/1 [S# 101]
    CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STATES AND TERRITORIES, FROM JANUARY 1, 1865, TO MARCH 31, 1865.--#4
    HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
    Shreveport, La., February 17, 1865.
    Maj. Gen. J. A. WHARTON,
    Commanding Cavalry Corps, Nacogdoches :
    GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you will proceed to Hempstead, Tex., with your whole command. After assembling at that point you are directed to dismount nine regiments, viz, Baylor's, Chisum's, Martin's, Terry's, Col. Peter Hardeman's, Wells', the Twenty-ninth (De Morse's), Twenty-third (Gould's), Thirty-fifth (Likens'). Chisum's regiment will be dismounted at this place and assigned to Forney's division in place of the Eighteenth Texas Infantry, which will be ordered to one of the brigades formed of the dismounted regiments. Wells' and De Morse's regiments will be dismounted at Marshall, Tex., where they now are. One regiment of the brigade at present under the command of Brigadier-General King will be ordered to Marshall, which, with the Eighteenth Texas Infantry and the regiments dismounted at that point, will constitute a brigade, to be commanded by Brigadier-General King. The remaining regiments of King's present brigade will be ordered to Hempstead, Tex., to be distributed among the brigade formed by the regiments dismounted there; the Fifteenth Texas Infantry to be assigned to Brigadier-General Harrison's brigade. Brigadier-General Major will command the other brigade formed of the dismounted regiments and King's present brigade. Major-General Maxey will be assigned to the command of the division. The remaining cavalry regiments will be formed into a corps of two divisions, to be commanded by yourself. The divisions will be constituted as follows:
    First Texas Cavalry Division, Brigadier-General Bee commanding--First Brigade (Brigadier-General Debray commanding): Twenty-sixth Texas Cavalry (Debray's regiment), Thirty-second Texas Cavalry (Woods' regiment), Brown's regiment, Texas cavalry. Second Brigade (Brigadier-General Lane commanding): Lane's regiment, Madison's regiment, Fifth Texas Cavalry (Colonel McNeill's regiment).
    Second Texas Cavalry Division, Brigadier-General Steele commanding--third Brigade (Brigadier-General Steele commanding): Twelfth Texas Cavalry (Colonel Parsons), Twenty-first Texas Cavalry (Lieutenant-Colonel Giddings), Thirty-third Texas Cavalry (Colonel Duff), Waller's regiment, Texas cavalry. Fifth Brigade (Brigadier-General Hardeman commanding): Fourth Texas Cavalry (Colonel Hardeman), Thirtieth Texas Cavalry (Colonel Gurley), Nineteenth Texas Cavalry (Colonel Watson), Morgan's Texas cavalry.
    Should causes arise which would make it desirable to do so, you are authorized to make changes in regiments to be dismounted and consequent changes in the organizations, reporting these changes to these headquarters, that the final organizations may be determined upon and announced. Under no circumstances will the dismounting of the nine regiments finally selected by you be delayed. The infantry division formed will be ordered to report forthwith to Major-General Walker, and you will, upon the completion of the organization of your corps, report by letter or telegraph to these headquarters for instructions.
    I remain, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
    W. R. BOGGS,
    Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
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    O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XLVIII/1 [S# 101]
    CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STATES AND TERRITORIES, FROM JANUARY 1, 1865, TO MARCH 31, 1865.--#5
    HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
    Shreveport, La., February 27, 1865.
    Lieut. Gen. S B. BUCKNER,
    Commanding District of West Louisiana, Natchitoches :
    GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say that after consultation with Major-General Forney he has determined to reorganize his division, forming four brigades, to be constituted as follows:
    First Texas Infantry Brigade--Brigadier-General Waul commanding: Eighth Texas Infantry, Twenty-second Texas Infantry, Thirteenth Texas Dismounted Cavalry, Twenty-ninth Texas Dismounted Cavalry.
    Second Texas Infantry Brigade---Acting Brigadier-General Waterhouse commanding: Third Texas Infantry, Seventeenth Texas Infantry, Nineteenth Texas Infantry, Sixteenth Texas Dismounted Cavalry, Chisum's regiment dismounted cavalry.
    Third Texas Infantry Brigade---Eleventh Texas Infantry, Fourteenth Texas Infantry, Gould's battalion Texas dismounted cavalry, Martin's regiment Texas dismounted cavalry.
    Fourth Brigade Texas Infantry--Acting Brigadier-General King commanding: Sixteenth Texas Infantry, Eighteenth Texas Infantry, Twenty-eighth Texas Dismounted Cavalry, Thirty-fourth Texas Dismounted Cavalry, Wells' regiment dismounted cavalry.
    Chisum's regiment has been dismounted and is attached to the Second Brigade. The Twenty-ninth, Martin's, and Wells' regiments Texas cavalry have not arrived. They will be sent to Natchitoches to be dismounted and assigned. Before publishing the proposed organization the general commanding desires to know if you wish to make any changes, and also that the cavalry regiments may be dismounted.
    I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
    W. R. BOGGS,
    Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
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    Mainly Union General King -- nothing noted as to confirm wounding of General King CSA Texas
     
  5. Gen. States Rights Gist

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    Thank you very much for the info...:smile:
     
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    O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XLVIII/1 [S# 101]
    CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STATES AND TERRITORIES, FROM JANUARY 1, 1865, TO MARCH 31, 1865.--#3
    HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
    Shreveport, La., February 7, 1865.
    Lieut. Gen. S. B. BUCKNER,
    Commanding District of West Louisiana:
    GENERAL: You were informed by letter No. 5510, February 2, that instructions had been given to dismount nine regiments of Wharton's command. The commanding general directs me to say that he desires these regiments to be made efficient as infantry with as little delay as possible. He anticipates some trouble in dismounting them, much more in disciplining them. He believes that both objects will be best accomplished by the presence of some old and tried infantry regiments which can be distributed among the newly organized brigades, sustain their commanders, and offer an example to the dismounted regiments. He proposes ordering King's brigade to Houston (where he cavalry will be dismounted), and with the regiments of that brigade to reorganize three new brigades, each composed of infantry and dismounted cavalry. Brig. Gen. James E. Harrison, just promoted by the President, will command one of these brigades, Brigadier-Generals King and Steele the other two; the latter, as senior, to command the division. The promotion of Colonel King has not been approved by the President. By this arrangement he will be retained in command of a brigade. The elements of order which will be infused throughout this new organization will, the general commanding hopes, render the division effective for service in the field by the opening of the spring campaign. The commanding general regrets the necessity which induces him to remove King's brigade from your command, but believes that it will ultimately result in benefit to yourself, as he is convinced that when the division is made efficient the enemy's movements will call it to the District of Louisiana. This plan for strengthening General Walker may prevent the necessity of sending Forney's division from your command. Churchill's division also is at Minden in position to support you. The commanding general suggests the importance, whenever you feel able to accomplish it, of adding another brigade to Polignac's division by dismounting four regiments of Louisiana cavalry.
    I am, general, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
    J. F. BELTON,
    Assistant Adjutant-General.
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    M E Wolf Brigadier General Moderator

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    O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXXIV/1 [S# 61]
    MARCH 10-MAY 22, 1864.--The Red River (Louisiana) Campaign.
    No. 93.--Reports of General E. Kirby Smith, C. S. Army, commanding Trans. Mississippi Department, including operations February 21-June 30.
    HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
    Shreveport, La., April 12, 1864.
    SIR: I have the honor to report that the Thirteenth Army Corps, of General Banks' command, was signally defeated 3 miles below Mansfield, La., on the afternoon of the 8th. The Nineteenth Army Corps coming to its support was repulsed with loss and in disorder. Re-enforced by parts of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Corps, the enemy in force made a stand at Pleasant Hill, a strong position, 20 miles below Mansfield. Our troops attacked with impetuosity on the afternoon of the 9th. Night closed a most sanguinary struggle, in which the enemy were worsted and retreated under cover of darkness, leaving their wounded on the field. From the best information we can obtain, General Banks' command numbered at least 35,000, of which 28,000 were engaged at Pleasant Hill on the 9th. Our cavalry pursued to Natchitoches. General Taylor commanded on the field. The whole disposable infantry force of the department had been concentrated from Arkansas and Texas. Our whole force was under 16,000. We captured 21 pieces of artillery and over 3,000 prisoners; over 200 wagons. Our loss is severe--over 2,000 killed and wounded. General Mouton, Colonels Beard, Noble, Armant, Taylor, and Buchel among the casualties. Providence has given a signal and glorious victory. I shall immediately march to meet Steele, who is advancing with 12,000 from Little Rock.
    Yours, respectfully,
    E. KIRBY SMITH,
    General, Commanding.
    General S. COOPER,
    Adjutant and Inspector General.
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    No mention of King being wounded
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