a farmer and stock-grower of Station Camp, Estill County, KY, was born in said county, May 14, 1822. His father, Ebenezer Wilson, a native of Loudoun County, VA, was a son of Joseph and Liddie (Dodd) Wilson, natives of Virginia, who settled in Estill County, KY, about 1824. Ebenezer Wilson was reared on the farm in Virginia, married in that State, and came to Kentucky about 1812. He married Rhoda Dillingham, a member of the well-known Virginian family of that name. Five Children were born to their union, viz: Angelina, William D., John, Liddie J. and Delina. John Wilson, the third child, was reared on the farm and received a common school education. He followed farming until the outbreak of the late war, when he joined the Federal army as Captain of Company C, Eighth Kentucky Infantry, commanded by Col. Sidney M. Barnes. At the beginning of the war the ladies of Estill County made and presented to the Eighth Kentucky Infantry a flag, requesting
that it should be born aloft and made a part of the history of the war. Col. Barnes presented the flag to Captain Wilson, which he cheerfully received, determining to comply with the request of the ladies who presented it. Captain Wilson adds: "At Lookout Mountain, where the Eighth Kentucky was engaged, it being in one of the columns on the extreme right nearest the palisade or top of said mountain, on the night of November 24, 1863, it lay above the Craven House and above any other command. Just before daylight on the 25th of November, Gen. Walter C. Whitaker, Brigade Commander, came to Col. Sid M. Barnes and said: 'Col. Barnes, have you got an officer that will volunteer to go and place the Eighth Kentucky flag on the top or peak of said mountain?' Said he: 'I could order them up, but will not, for it is a hazardous undertaking, but will be an honor to the one who gets there first.' The promise ever being fresh in my mind made to the ladies of Estill, I was not only ready and willing to go where ordered, but was ready to volunteer and go where my superior officers would not order me, to fulfill my promise to those ladies. Said I; 'General, I will go.' He turned tot he regiment and said: 'Boys, how many of you will volunteer to go with Capt. Wilson?' There were five others volunteered to go, to wit: Sergeant Harris H. Davis, of Company A; Sergeant
Joseph Wagers, of Company B; Sergeant James Wood, of Company H; Private William Witt, of Company A, and Private Joseph Bradley, of Company I. And to us six belongs the honor of planting the first National Flag on the top or peak of Lookout Mountain, on the morning of November 25th, 1863, it being the highest flag planted during the war, being 2,400 feet above the level of the valley.
We started immediately. Said Gen. Whitaker, 'take your flag, Captain.' I called to my Color Sergeant and asked him if he did not want to go and carry it; he shook his head and said no. I unbuckled my belt and gave him my sword, and told him to bring it up with him, I took the flag, and some fifteen or twenty minutes before sunrise I unfurled the flag on top of said mountain, calling forth-hearty cheers from below. January 18, 1864, we six got thirty days' leave of absence by order of Major Gen. George H. Thomas, for said deed, and I hereby enclose you a copy of mine:
Department of the Cumberland
Chattanooga, Tenn., January 18, 1864
Special Field Orders,} Extract
The following named officers are granted leave of absence for the period
of time set opposite their respective names.
Capt. John Wilson, Co. C, 8th Kentucky Vol's, 30 days for gallant and heroic
conduct on the morning of the 25th of November, 1863, at the battle of
Chattanooga, in advancing with five enlisted men and placing the colors of
the 8th Kentucky Vol's Infantry on the peak of Lookout Mountain in the face
of the enemy.
By command of Major General Thomas, (Signed), Wm. D. Whittle, A.A.G.
War Department, Adjutant General's Office.
April 19, 1887
Official copy, Thomas Ward, Assistant Adjutant General
On my way home to my family in Kentucky I met Gen. Whitaker at the Galt House in Louisville, KY. Said he: 'Which way, Captain Wilson?' I told him I had a thirty days' leave of absence, and gave it to him; after reading it, said he: 'I had rather have that than to be President of the United States,' and said, 'what position do you want to be promoted to, for I will give you any thing in my power?' Said I: 'Gen. Whitaker, I want no promotion, for there were several young boys enlisted in my company when made up, and their parents asked me if I would stay with their boys and bring them back home if permitted to live until the war was over, and I promised that I would; and said, 'Gen. Whitaker, I would rather fulfill that promise than to be promoted to any office in your power.' " At the close of the war Capt. Wilson returned to his home in Estill County, KY, where he engaged in farming. Having at one time 1,500 acres of fine land, but has given or divided out 1,000 acres to his children. January 26, 1846, he married Sarah A. Bowman, a daughter of Elisha W. and Sarah A. (McMonigle) Bowman, of Estill County. Of the twelve children born to their union, seven are living: Theodore, Mary E., George M., John W., Algernon S.A., Landon T. and G.E. Capt. Wilson is Democratic in politics, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as well as the F. & A.M. fraternity.
Station Camp was the homeof Captain John Wilson where the family of Mr. David Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Oakley French, and Miss Senora Newton were the last to own and live in the home owned by Captain Wilson. Many of the Parks, including Ebenezer Park, Sr. (1747-1839) and Tabitha Mills (1752-1826), my 5th Great Grandparents, also called Station Camp their home. According to historian and author Bobby Rose, Station Camp is one of the oldest and best-known communities in Estill County located approximately 6 1/2 miles south-west of Irvine on Station Camp Creek. Station Camp Creek has been listed in Collins' History of Kentucky among "Stations and Early Settlements In Kentucky." Collins' History goes on to record that "An Indian camping ground on the banks of Station Camp Creek near the mouth ofRed Lick Creek, in the early settlement of the state gave name to thecreek.It is an understood fact that the Indians procured their supply of lead in this vicinity". Many Indian artifacts have been found at Station Camp. According to legend, Daniel Boone used this area as a station in 1769 when he and several companions explored "the beautiful levelsofKentucky".
Station Camp Creek is also one of the principal tributaries of the Kentucky River, consequently the river and creek bottom land of the area isrichand productive. The community was named for the Creek upon which it islocated. The Station Camp Christian Church, which is located less than ½ mile from Wilson Mountain where Capt John Wilson is buried, is one of the oldest churches in the county, having been organized in 1840. The original building has been kept in excellent condition and regular services have been maintained since the church was organized. The large congregation of olden days has dwindled with the passing of time and with the advent of the automobile, which has carried former members into other churches. Present church membership, withBobby Premberton as pastor, is approximately 25
The Station Camp post office (still standing in June 2000) was first established March 27, 1828, with James Scrivner as postmaster. The post office was discontinued September 8, 1843. The office was re-established November 19, 1878, with John Wilson as postmaster. Later postmasters were: Abram Kelley, John W. Wilson, Thomas Henderson, Luther Scott, Allen Wilson, Turner Kelley, Sue M. Scrivner, Mollie A. Flynn, Everett E. Newton, David N. Newton, and Miss Senora D.Newton who assumed charge after the death of her father, David, on May 1,1950. She served until the post office was discontinued April 18, 1969.Among the families who received mail at the Station Camp Post Office were: John Scrivner, Dr. James Scrivner, Benjamin Warford, Anderson Wagers, Sidney Rice, Allen Garrett, W.A. Scrivner, James Rice, Arch Wagers, S.B. Gumm, David Newton and Ambrose Newton. Mail Route #3, Irvine now servesStation Camp community.