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J.W. Hinkley

J.W. Hinkley

Federal (USV)


Julian Wisner Hinkley

(1838 - 1915)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He moved with his family to Wisconsin at age 11 (about 1849) and worked on his father's farm. He left home in 1858 and was a teacher and carpenter. He enlisted in Company D, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 25 April 1861, and was appointed First Sergeant. He was promoted 2nd Lieutenant on 6 February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was among the few officers of the Regiment present who were not seriously injured at Antietam, though he was "severely bruised by a spent ball" on 17 September.

The rest of the War

He was promoted First Lieutenant, Company E on 1 November 1862 and Captain on 21 April 1863. He was wounded in action at Dallas, GA in 1864. He mustered out with his Company on 18 July 1865, by which time he was "acting Major" of the Regiment.

After the War

After the War he was "engaged in erecting public buildings."

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1, with details from Hinkley's own A Narrative of Service with the Third Wisconsin Infantry (1912). His picture is from a photograph (CDV) in the collection of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of another excellent Wartime photo of him. Wartime diaries and correspondence are in the Hinkley Papers, at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, as is a 1908 reunion photograph which includes Captain Hinkley.


03/12/1838; Vernon, CT


04/15/1915; Minneapolis, MN; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, W


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. 131, 416, 421  [AotW citation 15871]