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Federal (USV)


Austin N. Wilder

(c. 1825 - 1900)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 35 he mustered as Corporal, Company D, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was reduced to Private 11 December 1861 for "unbecoming conduct", but promoted back to Corporal on 4 July 1862. He was wounded in the shoulder in action at Cedar Mountain, VA on 9 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded again, at Antietam on 17 September 1862, by a minie ball through his wrist and right thigh; the ball entered at the left side, passed through scrotum between his testicles and into upper thigh, and struck a spoon and pocket comb carried in breeches pocket".

The rest of the War

The round was removed from his right buttock, and he was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD from 26 September to 19 November, when he was discharged for wounds.

After the War

He had been a founding member of the Masonic Lodge in Bedford in June 1851. In January 1887,

The residence of Austin N. Wilder at Bedford took fire in the second story yesterday afternoon. The fire was put out before much damage was done. On examination Mr. Wilder found that a box containing $350 belonging to the Masonic lodge there had been broken open and the money gone.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Hospital and medical details from the Patient List2 and Steven Russell's Roster. Further information from Bowen's History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana (1914). The quote above from the Indianapolis News of 31 January 1887. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has his middle initial as "M".


c. 1825 in IN


05/04/1900; Bedford, IN; burial in Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 686  [AotW citation 18488]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #507  [AotW citation 18489]