John Patton Wilson
1844 - 1942
The above picture was taken last Thursday, when a surprise birthday party was given John P. Wilson, 96, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Butt, on Oak Street. As shown in the above picture are the officers of the Anna Stonewall Jackson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy after arriving at the home, where on behalf of the Chapter, Mr. Wilson was presented a handsome cane of fine grain Costania wood, silver mounted, on which the following words were engraved: "J. P. Wilson, Oct. 24th, 1940, from Anna Stonewall Jackson Chapter U. D. C." Following the presentation, the Chapter members and friends sang "Happy Birthday to You."
In front is Mr. Wilson and on the left is Mrs. Butt, and the right Mrs. A. L. Cumbow, 2nd Vice-President , holding the American flag. Back reading from left to right are officers of the Chapter. Mrs. Sheffey Miller, Secretary; Mrs. W. L. Thompson, Treasurer; Mrs. W. C. Kreger, President; Mrs. Mary Balance, Registrar.
Mr. Wilson is the last surviving Confederate Veteran in Washington County, having served in the Second Virginia Cavalry, under General John P. Floyd.