Louis Trezevant Wigfall (April 21, 1816 - February 18, 1874) was an American politician who served variously as a member of the Texas State Legislature, the United States Senate, and the Confederate Senate. Wigfall was among a group of leading secessionists known as Fire-Eaters, a faction that advocated the preservation and expansion of an aristocratic agrarian society based on slave labor. He briefly served as a CS Brigadier General of the Texas Brigade at the outset of the American Civil War before taking his seat in the Confederate Senate. Wigfall's reputation for oratory and hard-drinking, along with a combative nature and high-minded sense of personal honor, made him one of the more imposing political figures of his time.
Louis Wigfall in The Guns of the South
Louis Wigfall was adamantly opposed to the proposals made by Robert E. Lee to end slavery in the Confederate States. He even advocated that the C.S. should invade the United States and annex remaining slave-states. In 1867, Wigfall became the Patriot Party's nominee for the Vice Presidency, running with Nathan Bedford Forrest. Despite a fierce campaign, Forrest and Wigfall were beaten by the Confederate Party ticket of Lee and Albert Gallatin Brown. As the Patriot Party was backed by the Rivington Men, Wigfall knew that the AWB men were from the future, but had been given a story that did not comport with actual history.
After the Richmond Massacre occurred on March 4, 1868, Wigfall was one of several politicians who were given access to actual history texts from the future. Wigfall grudgingly accepted that the AWB had lied. However, he did not cease in his opposition to Lee's plans to end slavery.
|United States Senator (Class 1) from Texas
Served alongside: John Hemphill
Vacant until James W. Flanagan, 1870
|New institution||Confederate States Senator from Texas
Served alongside: William Oldham