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[453] dying, word was sent to his regiment that all who desired to see him could do so. It was a sad spectacle to see the grief of his men as they viewed the gallant colonel in his last moments, while his life blood ebbed away. Lieut. J. A. Walker, of the Twelfth Georgia, writing of Colonel Willis, feelingly says: ‘He died as he had lived, discharging the highest duty of a patriot with devotion that never faltered and courage that shrank from no danger. His heart never knew one beat not in unison with the honor, interest and glory of his country.’ Lieutenant Walker also says that while a prisoner at Fort Delaware he saw a copy of an English paper in which a correspondent, speaking of the death of Colonel Willis, said that he was one of the most promising young officers of the army of Northern Virginia. His commission as brigadier-general came the day after his death.

Brigadier-General Claudius C. Wilson

Brigadier-General Claudius C. Wilson, of Georgia, at the beginning of the war was one of the leading young men of the State. In his enlistment for military service he was not among those who hastened to swell the ranks of the first regiments that were mustered in, but with equal patriotism and expecting a long and bloody struggle, was more deliberate in getting ready for it. Such as he, when they did buckle on that armor, fought as zealously and risked their all as cheerfully as the more impetuous. By the 1st of November, 1861, Georgia had fifty regiments in the field, of which she had herself armed and equipped thirty. Of the Twenty-fifth regiment Claudius C. Wilson was elected colonel and commissioned on the 2d of September, 1861. This regiment after being equipped and drilled was assigned to the department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and throughout 1862 served on the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. In 1863 it was sent to North Mississippi, and after the fall of Vicksburg was ordered to Georgia. At Chickamauga, Colonel Wilson commanded a brigade in W. H. T. Walker's

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