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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1862

Vol. II

(Born D. C.)

J. Eveleth Wilson

(Ap'd at Large)


James Eveleth Wilson: Born 1842.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1858, to June 17, 1862, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Artillery, June 17, 1862.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), July‑Aug., 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862; in the Maryland  p860 Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — Skirmish at Williamsport, Sep. 20, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the

(Transferred to 2d Artillery, Oct. 6, 1862)

Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to Feb., 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Feb. 20 to Apr. 1, 1863; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., Apr. 7 to Dec. 10, 1863; at Quartermaster, 2d Artillery,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Oct. 1, 1863)

Dec. 10, 1863, to July 1, 1866; with Battery (Army of the Potomac), near Mitchell's Station, Va., Jan. to May, 1864, being engaged in a Skirmish at Barnett's Ford, Feb. 7, 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), May‑June, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Cold Harbor, May 31 to June 1, 1864; in command of Battery in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., June, 1864 to June, 1865, — and at Point Lookout, Md., guarding Rebel prisoners; and on Regimental Staff at Ft. McHenry, Md., June to Aug., 1865, — and San Francisco Harbor, Cal., Sep., 1865, to July, 1866.

Captain, 38th Infantry, July 28, 1866: Declined.

Served: on Recruiting Service, July 10, 1866, to Oct. 16, 1868; on frontier duty, en route to Oregon, to Jan., 1869, — and at Ft. Stevens, Or., to July 10, 1870; on leave of absence, July 10 to Nov. 19, 1870; on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., to May, 1871; in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Nov. 5, 1872, — Raleigh, N. C., Nov. 16, 1872, to Apr., 1873, — Artillery School for Practice, Ft. Monroe, Va., May 1, 1873, to May 1, 1874, — Ft. Macon, N. C., to Aug. 31, 1874, —

(Captain, 2d Artillery, June 24, 1874)

Ft. McHenry, Md., Sep. 2, 1874, to July 28, 1876, — Ft. Reno, I. T., Aug. 28 to Nov. 26, 1876, — Ft. McHenry, Md., Dec. 22, 1877, to Sep. 20, 1878, except while engaged in suppressing Railroad Disturbances in West Virginia and Maryland, — Washington Barracks, D. C., Sep. 20, 1878, to May 31, 1885, — Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to July 24, 1885, — Atlanta, Ga., to Nov. 29, 1885, — and Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to Mar. 14, 1887; and on sick leave of absence, to Nov. 20, 1887.

Died Nov. 20, 1887, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 45.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a His full name and the year of his birth are as given on his tombstone, (q.v.).

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