(1815 - 1898)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
A Philadelphia bricklayer, he was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company K, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 31 December 1861. In January 1862:
Captain William Doyle, who had expected to be Captain of Company H, was authorized, with Lieutenants Fimple and Wessels, to recruit Company K. Before the Regiment left Camp Observation, Lieutenant Wessels reported with twenty-five men, Lieutenant Fimple remaining at home recruiting. Captain Doyle was rejected and Lieutenant Fimple received authority from Governor Curtin to recruit enough men to complete the company, and assume command as its Captain. He arrived at Harper's Ferry with a balance of seventeen men, the necessary number to fill the quota, only to find that the Company had been completed by a detachment of men from the Sixty-Ninth Pennsylvania, under Captain Martin Frost, and mustered with Frost as Captain, himself and Wessels as LieutenantsHe was promoted to Captain 15 June 1862 after Captain Frost's death at Fair Oaks, VA on 8 June. He was sent to Philadelphia, sick, on 11 July 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was discharged for disability on 26 January 1863.
After the War
He was a member of the Master Bricklayer's Company of Philadelphia.
References & notes
Service information from Ward,1 source of the quote above, who also says he never returned to his Company after July 1862. His wounding at Antietam from a casualty list in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 29 September 1862. His occupation from McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory (1851) and the History of the Master Builders' Exchange of the City of Philadelphia (1893). His gravesite is on Findagrave.
09/22/1898 Philadelphia, PA; burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA