Short Story: I have found a card in the Mississippi Confederacy Pension Index and am attempting to verify who this Joseph C Wilson is.
I went to the Mississippi Confederacy Pension Applications on Family Search and picked through (they are not indexed), checking the initials, names, and similar names for him, his first wife, and his supposed second wife. Also checked the remarried widows files for his first wife's second married name. I'm not finding any application that corresponds to this card. If it is not "my" Joseph Wilson, I'd expect to at least find his invalid application under his own name, as these are filed by name of applicant.
unclear on how to attach/link a photo so here's some transcribed info:
Name: Wilson, Joseph
Late Rank: Blank. Co B 3rd Regt Miss Inf
Terms of Service Blank
Invalid-Date of filing 1891 & 1907, app # 994.250, cert # 1124.559
Widow-Date of Filing 1913 Sep 29, App # 1014.976 cert#770951
Additional Services: B. 53. U.S.C Inf
Remarks: See D5 USC H.A. Nelson Curie (?) N.O.321624 1914 Jan 10 LBR
Died: Sept 24, 1913, Utica Miss.
------- Longer Story:
I'm attempting to find information on:
Joseph C (likely Campbell) Wilson b ~1837 in South Carolina to Thomas Beech & Elizabeth Wilson. This family appears in Tippah Cty Miss 1850 Census.
1860 Census, Tippah County Mississippi: He's married to Mary Anne Moore, living with the Moore family, children Ferdinand (age 3) and Augustus (age 1).
Family lore has it that he was in the Confederacy, was captured twice, survived the war, ran off with Mary Anne's sister Eliza, went to Arkansas and then Texas, Possibly left Eliza too, died in New Mexico (maybe). Mary Anne seems to have had a child surname Wilson in 1869 and marries a Mr. Crump in Texas in 1874.
Nobody who has researched him so far has been able to find documentation of him after the war. There is a side mention of him conducting a Tippah County Census in 1866, as the Tax Assessor.
I have Joseph C Wilson serving in the "Tippah Tigers" and "Tippah Rifles" - 5 Sgt Companies C & G respectively, 2nd Reg't 1 Brig, Army of Mississippi. A hand copied muster roll on Fold 3 says (paraphrased): subsequently became Company C, 23rd Regment. Captured at Ft. Donaldson, exchanged, reorganized. AKA 3rd Regient Mississippi Infantry.
Many prisoner rolls show a Joseph C Wilson, Sgt / Lieutenant, 23rd Miss, captured later at the Battle of Nashville, released in 1865 after being transferred all over.
There does appear to be a Joseph P Wilson also in the 23rd, and a Joseph Wilson in the Miss 21st; most everything I've found has the C or P, but this index card does not.
At the moment I have a all-inclusive membership to Ancestry.com and Fold 3, I just have run out of next steps of where to look.