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Federal (USV)


Edward Wilson

(1836 - 1911)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 78th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was naturalized an American citizen in 1860. He enlisted at age 25 on 7 March 1862 at Ogdensburg, NY, to serve three years; mustered in as Private, Company G, 78th New York Infantry on 2 April.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for wounds on 27 January 1863, at Philadelphia, PA. He had subsequent service, enlisting in Company A, Fourteenth Heavy Artillery on 18 July 1863 and mustered in on 29 August. He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant in 1865, but reduced again to Private. He mustered out with his Company at Washington, DC on 26 August 1865.

After the War

At age 75, unmarried, then a farmer living in Morristown, he was admitted to the Saint Lawrence County Alms House 12 August 1911 for sickness and inability to work. He died there in December.

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York1. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source of his almshouse admission form, thanks to


1836 in CANADA


12/08/1911 Canton, NY; burial in Saint Lawrence County Alms House Cemetery, Canton, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, for the year 1897 (Registers of 13th & 14th Artillery), pg. 819; for the Year 1901 (Serial No. 29), pg. 789  [AotW citation 15423]