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Federal (USV)


Robert Bruce Wilson

(1839 - 1918)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, he enlisted 19 June 1861 in Company F, 12th Ohio Infantry, and was appointed Sergeant.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to date from 9 December 1862. He mustered out with his Company on 11 July 1864. He enrolled as First Lieutenant and Adjutant, 194th Ohio Infantry on 16 March 1865 for one year's service, saw garrison duty in Washington, DC, and mustered out with the Regiment on 24 October 1865.

After the War

He was a patent attorney in Toledo, OH.

References & notes

His service from the State of Ohio.1 Details from Clemens.2 Wilson wrote 3 letters to Colonel Ezra Carman about the Campaign between 1899 and 1905. He wrote the historical sketch of the 12th Ohio Infantry in Ohio at Antietam. Report of the Ohio Antietam Battlefield Commission. (1904). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1839; Warren County, OH


01/03/1918; Toledo, OH; burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. II, pg. 369; Vol. X, pg. 167  [AotW citation 17537]

2   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. 3, Appendix 3, pg. 307  [AotW citation 17538]