Edmund Thomas Wingo was born on December 23, 1818 in Amelia County, Virginia, the son of John Wingo, Jr and Mary Hutchings Wingo. His mother, Mary, and her six children moved to Washington County, Missouri in 1829 with Mary's brother Charles Hutchings. John, Jr stayed behind to dispose ofproperty and settle up business but was taken sick and died in 1830. Mary then moved to Madison County, Missouri and bought a farm where she died about 1832. Edmund and his siblings remained with their uncle.
In 1837 Edmund went to Montgomery, Tennessee to live with his uncle, John Hutchings, and attend school. The following year he returned to Amelia County, Virginia and continued school while living with his uncle William Green (who had married a Hutchings). In 1844 he graduated from William andMary College at Williamsburg, Virginia and received a diploma to practice law which he practiced for 15 months in Amelia. He moved to Liberty, Bedford County, Virginia and on January 20, 1846 married Mary J Fizer. Edmund's only child, Jacob William Wingo, was born in 1846. Mrs. Wingo died in 1847.
Edmund went to Botetourt County, Virginia and taught a four month term of school. In September of1850 he married Sarah Stull. He also served as a Lieutenant in the Virginia militia. In the fall of 1850, he returned to Washington County, Missouri with his wife and 9 slaves. After 6 months he sold all his slaves except one and returned to Virginia where he remained until 1857 when he again returned to Missouri but this time located in Salem where he resumed the practice of law.
In 1860 Edmund Thomas Wingo organized a Cavalry Company in Dent County, Missouri. He resigned as Captain of the Cavalry Company in June of 1861 when he organized and was elected Colonel of the 1st Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, Missouri State Guard with men mostly from Dent, Texas, Shannon and Phelps counties. Joining Brigadier General James Haggin McBride and the 2nd Infantry Regiment (mostly from Oregon and Howell Counties) the 7th Division of the Missouri State Guard marched south to northern Arkansas, west across northern Arkansas and then north to Cassville, Missouri where they joined General Sterling Price around July 28th. Wingo was wounded at the Battle of Wilson's Creek where his Regiment numbered 300 men. At the Battle of Lexington the 7th Division assisted with the rolling of hemp bales as a moveable breastwork to capture the US forces stationed there. At Lexington, Colonel Wingo was shot in the right shoulder while dismounting his horse. Wingo served with his Regiment until it was disorganized in early 1862. In 1862 he was commissioned Brigadier General of the 7th Division, Missouri State Guard.
After the war Edmund resumed the practice of law in Salem, Missouri. In 1882 he was elected to thestate legislature and he also served as justice of the peace. His 2nd wife died on April 14, 1886. Hemarried Lucinda E Wheeling in October 1886.
Edmund Thomas Wingo died on July 14, 1895 at Salem, Dent County, Missouri. He was a member of the Baptist Church, a member of the Masonic fraternity, a life-long Democrat, and was a Douglas elector in the 1860 election. A newspaper article from the Salem News, in the 1950's referred to Edmund Wingo as follows: "Colonel Wingo was over 6 feet tall, straight, wore a beard, long thick hair down on his shoulders like the typical Confederate military soldier, wore a Prince Albert type coat, carried a cane, walked with dignity becoming a Virginia gentleman. Had high ideals for a lawyer and said he would defend any man without pay if he is poor. He was spare made and never at any time weighed over 160 pounds."
Biography of Edmund Wingo provided by John L. Harris of Price Camp
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