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stant post in June, 1861, he learned of the secession of Tennessee.
Sending in his resignation, he repaired to Richmond, where he was commissioned colonel of the Ninth Alabama regiment, July 9, 1861.
On the 21st of October of the same year he was commissioned brigadier-general and placed in command of the Third Alabama, First Mississippi and First Virginia regiments and a battery.
At Williamsburg this brigade bore a prominent part.
At Seven Pines, Wilcox commanded two brigades, and at Gaines' Mill three—his own, Featherston's and Pryor's. Some of the hardest and most brilliant fighting of this day was done by this command.
At Frayser's Farm other laurels were won. In this fight nearly every regimental officer in Wilcox's command was killed, and Wilcox himself had his clothing pierced by six bullets.
The loss in Wilcox's brigade was heavier in the Seven Days battle than that of any other brigade in Longstreet's division.
Wilcox did not happen to have such a difficult part to perf