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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1812

Vol. I

(Born Ct.)

Joseph M. Wilcox

(Ap'd Ct.)

Joseph Morgan Wilcox: Born Mar. 15, 1790, Killingworth, CT.

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, June 15, 1808, to Jan. 3, 1812, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Jan. 3, 1812.

Served in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, in the Campaign of 1813‑14, under Major-General Jackson, against the Creek Indians, and after two desperate fights with the hostile savages on the Alabama River, was

Killed (Tomahawked and Scalped), Jan. 15, 1814: Aged 23.1

Buried, Camden Cemetery, Camden, AL.

The Author's Note:

1 Lieut. Wilcox was the son of a Revolutionary officer, and had only reached his 23d year when he was killed. "No person, under the same circumstances as those which preceded his unfortunate and untimely death, could have exhibited more skill, judgment, activity, or determined courage. Such blood was spilt at Thermopylae." In compliment to his daring gallantry a county in Alabama was named after him.

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