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Federal (USV)


Joseph E. Collins

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

From Waupun, he enlisted in Company D, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 25 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He was color bearer for the Regiment by the end of the action on 17 September 1862 after all of the Color Guard had been killed or wounded.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and First Sergeant, dates not given. He mustered out with his Company on 18 July 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1. His role as color bearer from Hinkley's A Narrative of Service with the Third Wisconsin Infantry (1912).


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, pg. 417  [AotW citation 15874]