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J.M. Hoyt

J.M. Hoyt

Federal (USV)


John Marshall Hoyt

(1837 - 1923)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

From Allen's Grove, WI, he enlisted as a Private in Company I, 7th Wisconsin Infantry on 27 August 1861. He was successively promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and First Sergeant, dates not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the thigh in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his groin in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 21 December 1864 and Captain on 29 December, and mustered out of service on 3 July 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was a carpenter in Beloit, Rock County, WI, living with his mother-in-law, and in 1880 was a machinist there, in his own place. By 1900 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in Kibbey Township, Cascade County, MT. By 1920, then 82, he had retired and was living with his daughter Marion and her family in Seattle, WA. He died of cheek and jaw bone cancers at age 86.

References & notes

Service information from the State of Wisconsin.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1870-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the Wisconsin Historical Society.

He married the widow Mary H. Wilson Bassett (1843-1924) in November 1866 and they had 4 children.

More on the Web

See Richard Heisler's story of his work to get Captain Hoyt a headstone in Seattle in a fine post on Emerging Civil War.


03/29/1837; Warner, NH


11/03/1923; Seattle, WA; burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, WA


1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 571 - 574  [AotW citation 10655]