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Federal (USV)


Johann Wilhelm Wisser

(1826 - 1885)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He emigrated from Baden to Ontarion, Canada with his widowed mother Ursula (1791-1856) and brother George (1825-1894) sometime before 1855.

Giving his age as 29 and going by William, he enlisted in Buffalo on 7 May 1861 to serve two years, and mustered in on 20 May as a Private in Company E, 21st New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to the thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army hospital in the City Hotel, Frederick, MD on 28 September 1862 and transferred to General Hospital #1 in Frederick on 9 October. He was discharged there for disability on 15 January 1863.

After the War

His first child was born in Ontario in 1871, but by 1875 and to at least 1880 he was a janitor/porter for the US Court in Buffalo, NY.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 and the Chronicles,2 which says he was wounded in the head at Antietam. Hospital and wound details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the New York State Census of 1875, and the US Census of 1880; also as John William Weiser. His birth from an Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau baptism record. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his marker has his birth in 1831.

He married Magdalena Weingart (1838-) in April 1868 in Ontario, Canada and they had 2 children.


12/1826; Zell am Harmersbach, Baden, GERMANY


1885; burial in United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY


1   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 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 307  [AotW citation 28197]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg. 294  [AotW citation 28198]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #426 and 227  [AotW citation 28199]