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Federal (USV)


James B. Wilde

(1843 - 1916)

Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted at age 18 in Company D, 13th New Jersey Infantry on 4 August 1862 and mustered as Private.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in the hand in action at Antietam on 17 September 8162, but remained with his Company.

The rest of the War

He was detached for duty as clerk in the Quartermaster's Department 22 February 1862 - 1 January 1864. He was discharged from the 13th Infantry 29 March 1865 to take a commission. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company C, 61st New York Infantry to date from 27 December 1864, and mustered in 20 April 1865. He mustered out of service with his Company on 14 July 1865 in Washington, DC.

After the War

He moved to St. Louis, MO, shortly after the War, and was "engaged in various undertakings, one of which was the machinery business." He was deputy State Treasurer in 1870, then, in 1872, a teller at the Mercantile Bank. He was bookkeeper of the St. Joe Lead Company, St. Louis in 1883, and appointed cashier in 1887. By 1893 he was Vice President of the American Nut-Lock Company (supplier of lock washers to railroads), and Secretary of the Rio Arriba Placer Mining Company, offering shares in a gold mine in New Mexico.

References & notes

Basic information from the D Society1 and the New York Adjutant General.2 Details from a bio sketch in Goodspeed Publishing's History of Southeast Missouri (1888), quoted above, and an advertisement in Age of Steel of 29 January 1893. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/1843; Newark, NJ


02/1916; burial in Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, MO


1   D Society, Veterans, Co. D 13th NJ Infantry, Historical Sketch of Co. D, 13th Regiment, N.J. Vols., Newark (NJ): D.H. Gildersleeve & Co., 1875, pp. 79 - 80  [AotW citation 17249]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Serial No. 26, pg. 1099  [AotW citation 17262]