Novelist. Born– May 8, 1835, in Columbus, Ga. Parents– Mathew Ryan and Sarah Skrine (Howard) Evans. Married– L.M. Wilson,  December 2, 1868. Education– Tutorship by mother; private schools; read extensively on her own. . Lived in Russell County, Ala., 1839-1845; San Antonio, Texas, 1845-1849; Mobile, 1849-1909. Broke engagement to James Spaulding, publisher of the New York World, because of her sympathies with Confederacy.  Worked as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War; founded Camp Beulah, a hospital in Mobile.. Wrote Macaria to raise morale of Confederate soldiers; banned among one Northern general’s troops. Most popular novelist in country during and after war.  Died May 9, 1909.ca


Encyclopedia of Southern History; Hubbell’s South in American Literature; Fidler’s Augusta Evans Wilson; Papashvily’s All the Happy Endings; Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.


At the Mercy of Tiberius. New York; G. W. Dillingham, 1887.

Beulah. New York; Carleton, 1869.

Devota. New York; G. W. Dillingham, 1907.

Inez, a Tale of the Alamo. New York; Harper & Brothers, 1855.

Infelice. New York; G. W. Dillingham, 1889.

Macaria; or, Altars of Sacrifice. Richmond; West, and Johnson, 1864.

St. Elmo. New York; Grossett & Dunlap, 1866.

A Speckled Bird. New York; A. L. Burt, 1902.

Vashti; or, “Until Death Do Us Part.” New York; Carleton, 1869.


A collection of the papers of Augusta Evans Wilson is held by the Hoole Spceial Collections Library at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.