General Wilburn Hill King, CSA
Submitted by: Jane Graf
Wilburn Hill King (1839-1910) Confederate
officer, state legislator, and adjutant general, (qv) son of
Alexander and Mary Douglas-King, was born in Collodenville, GA
(Monroe County) on June 10,1839. He received his education at
Americas, GA and was considering a career in either law or medicine.
He started his military career in 1861 as a private in the Third
Missouri State Guard Infantry and advanced to the rank of captain.
After the battle of Oak Hills (Wilson’s Creek) and the Missouri
troops’ inability to get service in the CSA, King resigned and
moved to Texas. He enlisted as a private in Company B of Colonel
William B. Ochiltree’s (qv) Eighteenth TX Infantry. When the
regiment was mustered into service on May 13,1862, King was promoted
to major and shortly thereafter to colonel. He was severely wounded
at the battle of Mansfield ( Sabine Cross-Roads) in April 1864.
While in the hospital recovering from his wounds he was promoted to
brigadier general by order of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith (qv) on April
16, to date from April 8. After returning to duty King was put in
command of Walker’s Texas Division (qv) but had to transfer to a
less strenuous position because of his wound. He took command of
Polignac’s Brigade, (qv) Mouton’s Division, when General
Polignac departed to France. King was later transferred back to
Walker’s Division, where he remained until the end of the war.
After the war he went to Central America
and purchased a sugar plantation. He then returned to the US. In
December 1867 he married Lucy Furman. The couple left for Central
America soon afterward. King returned less than a year later, after
the deaths of his wife and infant. He mad his home in Sulphur
Springs, TX and served Hopkins County for two terms in the TX House
of Representatives. From July 25, 1881, until January 23, 1891 he
was adjutant general for the State of Texas.
In retirement King wrote a "History
of The Texas Rangers" which was included in Dudley G.
Wooten’s (qv) Comprehensive History of Texas(1898), King died in
Sulphur Springs on October 12,1910. His body was taken by train to
Corsicana and was met at the depot by a contingent of Confederate
veterans from Camp Winkler and a large group of Masons. King was
given Methodist funeral rites and a Masonic burial in Oakwood
Bibliography: Confederate Veteran, Aug.
1908, April 1911, Marcus J. Wright, comp., and Harold B. Simpson,
ed., Texas in the War, 1861-1865 (Hillsboro, TX: Hill Junior
College Press 1965).
Wilburn Hill King
Lawyer, farmer, public official; b.
Collodenville, GA, June 10,1867. s. Alexander and Mary Douglas-King;
ed. Americus, GA 1846-55 studied medicine and law and practiced law;
m Lucy Furman, Dec 1867 Served 4 yrs in CSA as pvt., 1st
lt., capt., maj. lt. col., col, brig. gen. and acting maj. gen. Has
served a s mayor of Sulphur Springs, TX; member TX legislature 4 yrs;
adj. gen of TX nearly 10 yrs. Democrat Home; Sulphur Springs, TX
David S. Walkup, Who’s Who Texas
Wilburn Hill King son of Alexander and
Mary Douglas-King, was born June 10, 1839 in Cullodenville, GA. He
attended school in Americus, GA, between 1846 and 1853, studying law
and medicine. After making a short trip to TX in 1856, he returned
to locate in Cass County in 1860. During the Civil War he served in
the Confederate Army in the 18th TX Infantry, rising from
private to acting major genera. In December, 1867 he married Lucy
Furman. He began to practice law at Jefferson in 1873 and in 1874
moved to Sulphur Springs, (where he also practiced law per the
Census) where he was elected mayor. He was a member of the Texas
House of Representatives from 1878 to 1881, when he was appointed
adjutant general of Texas serving until January 23, 1891. He died at
his home in Sulphur Springs in 1910.
Bibliography; Who Was Who in America (1943)
One of his obituary is located in the Fort
Worth Record.; Historical Marker at Hopkins County Court House.;
Home County of Texas Confederate 1839-1910
Georgian Moved to Texas 1861 Rose to the
rank of colonel, 18th Texas Infantry. led Regiment in Red
River Campaign of 1863 to prevent split of South along Mississippi
Commanded the 18th in Red River Campaign 1864 to stop
invasion of Texas Wounded Mansfield, LA and mad brigadier general
Recovered to Lead Walker’s Division for a time and brigades in
Louisiana and East Texas. Texas Adjutant General 1881-91.
TX Historical Commission (Marker Star and
A Memorial To Texans Who Served The
Erected by the State of Texas 1963
In the Civil War*
Texas made an all-out effort for the
Confederacy after a 3 to 1 vote for secession * 90,000 troops,
famous for daring and mobility, fought on every battlefront* A 2,000
mile frontier and coastline was successfully defended from Union
Troops and savage Indians. State and Private Industry produced war
goods* cotton-life blood of south traded thru Mexico for medicine
and military supplies* Texas was store house of Western Confederacy*
Citizens mad sacrifices to produce food and clothing for Texas
Our family has one surviving letter
written by Wilburn, he talked of fishing and remember me to the
family. He was a relative of my great grandfather Seth Thomas King
of Hopkins County, TX. I believe they were cousins but I have not
had a chance to confirm. All I have is a letter written by Seth’s
daughter stating that General King was Kin.