Discussion Woodrow Wilson's Father In The Civil War


2nd Lieutenant
Apr 30, 2012
Jupiter, FL
David Powell's book on New Market mentions briefly (page 104) that some of Breckinridge's men attended services at the Presbyterian church in Staunton while Confederate forces gathered there. Apparently a postwar myth got started that the pastor was Rev. Wilson, as in the father of future president Woodrow Wilson. However, as Powell notes, although they had been in Staunton in the 1850s, the reverend and family moved to Augusta, GA in 1858.

Anyone know more about how this story got started? Did it not come about until Woodrow became president?

P.S. Woodrow's father was Rev. Joseph Ruggles Wilson.

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