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M. Wait

M. Wait

Federal (USV)


Marvin Wait

(1843 - 1862)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

From a prominent family in Norwich, he had been a student at Union College, at Schenectady, NY (1860, 61) and had travelled in Europe before the War. On 3 October 1861, then age 18, he enlisted and mustered as a Private in Company D, 8th Connecticut Infantry on 5 October. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant of Company A on 24 December and served as a Signal Officer on Burnside's Carolina Campaign. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 28 March 1862, and returned from that Campaign in July.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862:

The unflinching hero was first wounded in the right arm, which was shattered. He then dropped his sword to his left hand; he was afterwards wounded in the left arm, in the leg, and in the abdomen. He was then assisted to leave the line by Private King, who soon met Mr. Morris, the brave, indefatigable Chaplain of the Eighth Regiment. The Chaplain then conducted Lieutenant Wait to the fence before alluded to, and private King returned to his company. Lieutenant Wait's last words to Private King were, "are we whipping them?"

The rest of the War

He was originally buried on the battlefield, but his body was returned home and was buried there on 1 October 1862.

References & notes

His service from Banks1 and the Record.2 His photograph, from the Matthew R. Isenburg collection, in a post on John's blog. Further details and the quote above from Jacob Eaton's Memorial of Marvin Wait (1863). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


01/21/1843; Norwich, CT


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Yantic Cemetery, Norwich, CT


1   Banks, John, Connecticut Antietam Death List, Connecticut: self-published, 2013  [AotW citation 12518]

2   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, p. 330  [AotW citation 30577]