A Dedication and Memorial Ceremony

in Remembrance of James Lawson Wilson

Confederate soldier, James Lawson Wilson was never given a marked grave.

After 140 years of his service, descendants are remembering his sacrifice.

The dedication ceremony will be held on
Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 1:30 P.M.
Old Setzer/Wilson Cemetery
3018 Mt. Olive Church Road
Newton, NC

Records of James Lawson Wilson

His record reads as follows:

WILSON, JAMES LAWSON, Private, Company K, 46th Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 37, March 13, 1862. Present or accounted for until wounded in the hand at Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 1862. Returned to duty on or about January 9, 1863. Present or accounted for until wounded at Wilderness, Virginia, May 5, 1864. Reported absent wounded through December, 1864. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.

In addition to his memory we will also recognize, his compatriot, Franklin Setzer, buried close by.

SETZER, FRANKLIN A., Private, Company C, 28th Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawa County where he enlisted on August 13, 1861. Mustered in as Sergeant but was reduced to ranks on or about February, 28, 1862. Captured at Hanover Court House, Virginia, May 27, 1862. Confined at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor. Paroled and transferred to Aiken's Landing, James River, Virginia, where he was received July 12, 1862, for exchange. Declared exchanged at Aiken's Landing on August 5, 1862. Returned to duty prior to March 1, 1863. Present or accounted for through February,

Here's how the project began:

The Capt. C.F. Connor Camp 849, Sons of Confederate Veterans exists to pay tribute to the memory of those who died in the defense of their nation. Many gave all they had: their lives. This is just one example how we have all worked together to accept the charge given by Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Leee, in 1906.

Seeking to remember her ancestor, Dawn Fendley, sought to find a way to memorialize him. The local SCV camp was able to assist her in providing a lasting memorial. We seek to help those who choose to memorialize their ancestors. We, like they, have not forgotten these brave men and will be there to remember them.

Dawn, a Texas native, with deep roots in Catawba County and member of the J.B. Gordon Chapter 339, Huntsville, Texas, organized the entire program with help from her Catawba cousins.


Derick S. Hartshorn - 2004-present
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