February 4: John Moulder Wilson (1919)

As a young boy, John Moulder Wilson served as a page on the floor of the U.S. Senate during the great debates of Clay, Calhoun, and Webster. He later settled in the Washington Territory. Upon receiving an appointment to West Point, he became the first cadet from the Pacific Northwest. The Civil War broke out shortly after his graduation and Wilson saw much action. He would later be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Malvern Hill (VA). Wilson became part of the Army Corps of Engineers. While in charge of Washington, D.C. public buildings and grounds, he did much to beautify the city. Wilson retired with the rank of brigadier general after 41 years of military service.


John Wilson married Augusta Waller at the Church of the Epiphany on November 5, 1861. The Wilsons are listed as Epiphany communicants in the years following the Civil War. When Waller was appointed the 23rd Superintendent of West Point, he succeeded fellow Epiphany parishioner John G. Parke in that role. Epiphany’s first rector John French left Washington in 1856 to become Chaplain and Professor at West Point. It appears Wilson, a young cadet at the time, got to know French and his family. Almost 30 years later, Wilson stood as a sponsor when French’s granddaughter was baptized at Epiphany in 1884.

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