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J.W. Britt
J.W. Britt

Federal (USV)


James Wallace Britt

(1838 - 1897)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 57th New York Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was 23 years old when he mustered as Captain, Company D, 57th New York Infantry on 12 November 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862.

The remainder of the War:
Wounded on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA. Wounded again 2 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel on 6 May 1864, and Colonel 27 July 1864, but not mustered at that rank. He mustered out 5 January 1865. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General, US Volunteers on 13 March 1865.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of New York1. Thanks to Devan Sommerville for scrubbing through the Report and extracting and transcribing the roster data for AotW. The photograph here from a CDV posted by Sue Greenhagen on her New York State and the Civil War.

Birth Date: 05/24/1838    Place of Birth: Montreal, CANADA    
Death Date: 05/08/1897    Death Place: New York, NY    Burial Place: Montreal, Canada


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, Issue 26 (for 1900)  [AotW citation 7765]

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