Wilson Bourgeois
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Harlingen, TX

Wilson hails from Brownsville, Texas, where he was born and raised. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy serving in the Atlantic Fleet during the late 80’s and middle 90’s where he distinguished himself as both a Rescue Swimmer and Surface Warfare Specialist. Upon his discharge of enlistment, Wilson started his undergraduate program and earned his Bachelor’s degree in History. Soon after his graduation he settled back in south Texas where he started his lifelong passion of history.

Wilson started his mission of education and preservation through the co-founding of the South Texas Civil War Society. Serving as an emissary of the past; he assisted in getting various proclamations passed within Cameron County and the City of Brownsville for the Battle of Palmito Hill (Ranch). Also working with the local school district, he paneled on the first History Fair for Brownsville ISD. Soon after his relocation to New England, Wilson continued his education, being awarded his Masters in Military History from Norwich University, as well as continuing in public service. Serving on the Cultural Council for the Town of Northbridge, MA., he continued his quest, with various outreach programs and projects pertaining to the American Civil War.

Since relocating back to south Texas, Wilson has assisted various programs and projects pertaining to the American Civil War in south Texas at the local, state, and national levels. Assisting as a consultant for Texas Historical Commission, Texas Civil War Museum, and the Texas Civil War Association. He also served as the former Chairman of both the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and Cameron County Historical Commission. He is active in various organizations and currently serving as a non-commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard.