Headquarters (Field and Services [F&S])
46th Mississippi Infantry Regiment
Colonel C. W.
Sears, Regiment Commanding
Claudius Wister Sears
was born in Peru, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He
attended the United States Military Academy at West Point from
1937 to 1941 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 8th
U. S. Infantry upon his graduation. He fought in Florida during
the Seminole Wars until October of 1842 when he resigned his
commission. He accepted a teaching position at St.
Thomas Hall in Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi.
In 1845 he accepted a position as a professor of mathematics and
physics at the University of Louisiana (Tulane) from 1845 to
1859 before returning to St. Thomas Hall as president of the
school briefly in 1859.
Before joining the 46th Mississippi,
Sears enlisted in the 17th Mississippi and was elected Captain
of Company G of that unit. He served bravely with that
regiment until he was appointed Colonel of the 46th Mississippi
on 11 December 1862. Sears survived the war and later
taught mathematics and civil engineering at the University of
Mississippi in Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi from 1865
to 1889. He died there in 1891 and is buried there in the
Oxford's Saint Peter's Cemetery
46th Mississippi was
initially organized from the 6th Mississippi Battalion Infantry in 1862
under LTC John W. Balfour. It was briefly known as the