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W. Colwell

W. Colwell

Federal (USV)


Wilson Colwell

(1827 - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Education: Jerfferson (Pa) College

Command Billet: Company commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

After attending college and working with his father in the iron business in Pennsylvania, he moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1856. There he founded the Katanyan Bank and was a militia Captain. In April 1861, at the outbreak of war, he had just been elected mayor of La Crosse. He enrolled in Company B of the Second Infantry, and mustered as Captain on 16 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

References & notes

Photograph here from a CDV (Brady studio, Wash DC, c. 1861) offered for sale by Museum Quality Americana. Service dates from the Roster1. Additional biographical detail from an undated newspaper article posted online by the Wisconsin Historical Society.


04/13/1827; Kittanning, PA


09/14/1862; Turner's Gap, MD


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, pg. 350  [AotW citation 1077]