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Federal (USV)


Abel Wilder

(c. 1828 - 1902)

Home State: Rhode Island

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

From Providence, he mustered as a Private in Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Artillery on 6 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He suffered a flesh wound in the leg below the knee in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm hospital near Sharpsburg, and was listed as absent, sick, until returning to duty 26 June 1863. He reenlisted on 9 February 1864, and was wounded, place not given, in June 1864. He transferred to Battery B on 12 August 1864 and mustered out with them on 12 June 1865 in Providence.

After the War

He was a farmer in Providence to about 1877, then moved to Winchendon, MA. He entered the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Togus, ME, in 1883 at age 55, and died there of kidney disease in 1902 about age 74.

References & notes

Service information from Dyer.1 Antietam wound details from Nelson.2 Post-War details from family genealogists from pension records. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1828; Winchendon, MA


05/26/1902 Togus, ME; burial in Togus National Cemetery, Togus, ME


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 2, pp. 759, 790  [AotW citation 18685]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 438  [AotW citation 18686]