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F. Wilson

F. Wilson

Federal (USV)


Fountain Wilson

(1838 - 1903)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 23 year old law student living with his wealthy parents and 4 siblings in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, PA. He enrolled there on 15 May 1861 and mustered as First Lieutenant of Company A, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves on 21 June. He was detailed to the Signal Corps on 25 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was on the Maryland Campaign with the detachment and was on the Roulette Farm and under artillery fire at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain on 5 March 1863 and was at Chancellorsville, VA in May and Watery Mountin near Warrenton, VA in November 1863. He mustered out with his Company on 11 June 1864 in Harrisburg, PA.

After the War

In 1880 he was a life insurance agent in Muskegon, MI. By 1884 and to his death in 1903 he was a lumberman - Secretary and Treasurer of the Pioneer Lumber Company - in Eau Clair, MN.

References & notes

His basic service from Sypher1 and the Card File,2 with details from Brown,3 source also of his picture. Maryland Campaign details here from Major Myer's Report. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900, and the 1884 Eau Claire City Directory. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Cushing (the former Mrs. Jerry Desmond; 1834-1919) in May 1870 and they had a daughter Helen (1871-1888).


04/08/1838; Jersey Shore, PA


08/24/1903; Minneapolis, MN; burial in Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire, MN


1   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865  [AotW citation 28728]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 28729]