Wilson, James Harrison

Wilson, James Harrison

(1837–1925) soldier; born near Shawneetown, Ill. A hard-hitting Union cavalry commander, he defeated Nathan Forrest at Franklin, Tenn. (1864); a detachment of his command captured Jefferson Davis in Georgia in May 1865. Wilson volunteered on the outbreak of the Spanish-American War and saw service in China during the Boxer Rebellion (1900).
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