James Grant Wilson (April
28, 1832 – February 1, 1914) was an American general,
editor, and author.
born in Edinburgh,
Scotland. He emigrated to New York City and then moved to Illinois.
was educated chiefly by private tutors and through travel in
. In 1857 he founded the Chicago Recorded, a journal of art and
literature, and entered the Union Army
late in 1862 as a major of the
15th Illinois Cavalry, commanded the 4th U.S.C.
colonel, and left the Army in 1865 as a brevet brigadier general
After the Civil War
, he lived in
New York where he became a well-known speaker, a frequent
contributor to periodicals, president of the Society of American Authors
and, after 1885, of the New York
Genealogical and Biographical Society
. He edited Fitz-Greene Halleck
(1868); A Memorial History of the City of New York
volumes, 1892-93); Appleton's Cyclopœdia of American
(six volumes, 1887-89, with John Fiske
; volume vii, 1900), an excellent book
of reference; The Great Commanders Series
volumes, completed 1913); The Presidents of the United States,
(four volumes, 1914), the work of many distinguished
died in New York City and is buried in Woodlawn
Cemetery, Bronx, New York.
- Biographical Sketches of Illinois
- Life of Fitz-Greene Halleck (1869)
- Sketches of Illustrious Soldiers (1874)
- Poets and Poetry of Scotland (1876)
- Centennial History of the Diocese of New York,
- Bryant and his
- Commodore Isaac
Hull and the Frigate Constitutiuon (1889)
- Love in Letters (1896)
- Life of General Grant
- Thackeray in the
United States (two volumes, 1904)
- Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David
J., Civil War High Commands, Stanford University
Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
- Eicher, pp. 573-74.