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Federal (USV)


Wilson B. Kinyon

(1840 - 1917)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

When he was six years old, his family moved to Wisconsin. From Lomira, he enlisted in Company E, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 10 June 1861. He was appointed Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot in the left groin in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam. The ball was never removed, and he carried it for the rest of his life.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 28 February 1863 at at Camp Convalescent, VA.

After the War

He returned to Dodge County, WI, again living in Lomira. In 1870 he was a tinsmith in Hartford, WI. In 1872 he was appointed Storekeeper for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at Hartford, WI. In February 1875 he was appointed IRS Gauger at Fond du Lac, WI. In 1880 he was a farmer in Leroy, WI, and remained an IRS Storekeeper at Hartford. About 1883 he moved to Clark County, Dakota Territory. At South Dakota statehood in 1889, he served in the first State Legislature for two years, representing Clark County. He was appointed Postmaster at Bradley, SD in 1898, serving to about 1915.

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source of the Census and obituary details (from the Bradley Globe). His IRS appointments from the US Treasury Registers of 1875 and 1877, and the Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin of 1880. His legislative term details are online from the South Dakota Legislature. A bio sketch from G.A. Ogle's Memorial and Biographical Record ... of South Dakota (1899) has been transcribed online by Maurice Krueger, hosted by the SDGenWeb.


06/05/1840; Windon Township, Bradford County, PA


10/19/1917; Bradley, SD; burial in Prairie Hill Cemetery, Bradley, SD


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 421 - 423  [AotW citation 15246]