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Federal (USV)


Jared Wheeler

(1839 - 1922)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

From East Windsor, he enlisted and mustered on 25 September 1861 as a Private in Company A, 8th Connecticut Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was "slightly" wounded, shot through his right ankle joint in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital on the Geeting farm near Keedysville where Assistant Surgeon W.H. Leonard, 51st New York amputated his leg a week after the battle. He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital at Camp B in Frederick, MD on 5 December and sent to GH #6 in Frederick on 13 December. He was moved again, to GH #1 on 9 February 1863 then furloughed on 30 March. He was at the Knight Hospital in New Haven, CT, then, on 30 October, admitted to the Central Park Hospital in New York City. He was discharged for disability on 17 November 1863, and was fitted with an artificial leg.

After the War

He reported his stump still "sensitive" to 1875 but "sound" in 1880, then a farmer at Enfield in Hartford County, CT. By 1900 he was an armorer in Springfield, MA, probably at the US Arsenal there, but was retired and back in Enfield in 1910. He was getting a veteran's pension by 1880 and in 1918 it was raised to $50 per month.

References & notes

His service from the Record.1 Wound and hospital details from Major Ward's after-action Report, as slight, Nelson,2 the Patient List,3 and the MSHWR.4 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married He married again,, Elizabeth C. Hills (1845-) and they had 4 children between 1866 and 1877.


09/1839 in MA


12/28/1922; Enfield, CT; burial in New Hazardville Cemetery, Hazardville, CT


1   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, p. 333  [AotW citation 30579]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, p. 434  [AotW citation 30580]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #905, 386  [AotW citation 30581]

4   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, p. 513  [AotW citation 30582]