(1842 - 1862)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 59th New York Infantry
A farm laborer, he enlisted at age 18 in Adams, NY and mustered in as Private, Company B, 59th New York Infantry on 12 October 1861. He transferred to Company H on 31 December 1861.
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
References & notes
Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Service data from State of New York2, which has his middle initial as W. The photograph here from a very fine portrait with musket taken in Keene, NH, owned by Bruce Garrett and provided by George F Lewenczuk, who also contributed a photo of Private Wands' gravestone. Further details from the 1860 Federal Census for Adams, Jefferson County, NY and family genealogist Emily Salings. Interestingly, Wands' obituary was published in the 7 October 1862 edition of the Cork (Ireland) Examiner.
11/13/1842 in NY
09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD
1 Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869 [AotW citation 4316]
2 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, Issue 26 (for 1900), pg. 638 [AotW citation 8620]