Wilks served in General John Bell Hood's Texas Brigade of the
Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States Army, 26 Aug 1861,
Peoria, Hill Co., TX -10 Apr 1865, to surrender at Appomattox,
VA. He said he walked all the way there, and all the way back.
Hood's Brigade participated in 22 battles, including Antietam,
Sharpsburg, MD, 17 Sep 1862 (the day 23,000 soldiers died); Fredericksburg,
Spotsylvania Co., VA, 11-15
Dec 1862 (18,000 casualties); and Gettysburg, PA, 2 Jul 1863
(when 50,000 troops died).
B. C. Wilks' name and
three of his brothers-in-law (officers H. W. Young and C. N.
Brooks, privates B. C. Wilks and Henry Young,) are engraved on
the Hood statue on the East Drive of the Texas State Capitol
Their descendants are
eligible for membership in Hood's
Texas Brigade, Reactivated, formerly Hq. at Hill College,
Hillsboro, TX; now at U. N. TX, Denton. See also the Confederate
collection in the Texas
Civil War Museum in Fort Worth.
His brother-in-laws Wesley
and William Young also served in a different Brigade.