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W.P. Wainwright
W.P. Wainwright

Federal (USV)

Colonel

William Pratt Wainwright

(1818 - ?)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 76th New York Infantry

see his Battle Report

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
After graduating, he studied medicine, but did not practice. He traveled to Europe for military studies and was at Berlin for some time.

At the outbreak of the War he was appointed Major of the 29th NY, a largely German-speaking regiment.

In June 1862 he was appointed Colonel of the new 76th NY Infantry.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Initially in command of the 76th New York Infantry, he relieved BGen Abner Doubleday as CO, 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division, I Corps when Doubleday took over the Division on September 14th. Doubleday had been called up to replace BGen Hatch, wounded at South Mountain. Col Wainwright was himself wounded in the arm later on September 14th, and was replaced by LCol Hoffman, of the 56th PA. The Brigade was held in reserve north of the Poffenberger farm to protect Hooker's I Corps artillery.

The remainder of the War:
He returned to his Regiment at Fredericksburg in December 1862. He resigned due to continuing poor health in June 1863.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: Regimental History of the 76th NY, A.P. Smith, 1867 extracted online. The photograph here from one in the MOLLUS collection1.

Birth Date: 6/10/1818    Place of Birth: New York City, NY    
College: U of the City of New York    




Notes

1   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p16635coll12/>, Source page: Pg. 3687  [AotW citation 2422]



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