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J. Wilson

J. Wilson

Federal (USV)


John Wilson

(1838 - 1864)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 43rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, he enrolled on 3 August 1861 at Albany and mustered as Captain, Company A, 43rd New York Infantry on 25 August. He was promoted to Major to date from 17 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment as senior officer present in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 1 October 1862 (to date from 24 September) ad was appointed Colonel on 15 March 1864, although he did not muster at that rank. He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his right knee in action while commanding his regiment in the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864. His leg was amputated the next day, but he died shortly afterward.

More on the Web

His service from the Adjutant General,1 who says he was killed outright on 6 May 1864, and Phisterer.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture is from a photograph at the New York State Military Museum.


12/29/1838; Albany, NY


05/07/1864; in VA; burial in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, 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 1900, Ser. No. 23, pg. 1357  [AotW citation 26158]

2   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 3, pg. 2289  [AotW citation 26160]