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J.F. Nosler

J.F. Nosler

Federal (USV)


James Franklin Nosler

(1838 - 1926)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 23 year old farmer in Putnam County, he mustered as Corporal, Company I, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant on 28 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by pieces of shell to the right foot and ankle in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the German Reformed Church hospital in Sharpsburg, and at the US Army General Hospital, Harrisburg, PA. He transferred to the US Regular Army in November 1862, enlisting as a Private in Company C, 18th US Infantry on 6 November at Harrisburg. He reenlisted in Chattanooga, TN on 11 February 1864, and mustered out for disability on 16 June 1865 at Camp Thomas, Columbus, OH.

After the War

He married Margaret Jane "Maggie" Utterback (1841-1905) in 1866 in Putnam County, and they had 10 children together. He was a contractor in Terre Haute for most of his life. He was admitted to the US National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Danville, IL on 7 September 1917, and lived there for three periods: to March 1918, July - September 1918, and April - September 1920. He was living in Houston, TX - also home of his son Harry's family - at the 1920 US Census in October, and was listed as a widower working as a stone cutter there, age 81.

References & notes

Volunteer service from Brown,1 source also of his picture, and the Historical Data Systems database. Regular Army information from the Registers.2 Hospital details from Steven Russell's Roster research. Post-war information from family genealogists, the 1920 US Census, and the records of the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/18/1838; Cloverdale, IN


08/14/1926; in IN; burial in Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pp. 117, 616  [AotW citation 18776]

2   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 60, pg. 242; Vol. 144, pg. 22  [AotW citation 18777]