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Lieutenant & Adjutant George Wilson 17th New York Infantry

Died of wounds

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View of Lieutenant George Sibbald Wilson of the 17th New York Volunteer Infantry. George would be commissioned into “B” company as a 2nd lieutenant in December, 1861. In July of 1862, he would be promoted to 1st lieutenant and adjutant. That same year, the regiment would take part in the Peninsular Campaign fighting at Hanover Court House and the Seven Days before Richmond. During General Pope’s Campaign into Northern Virginia, the regiment would fight during the 2nd battle of Bull Run taking 46 casualties. Next they would take part in the fall campaign into Maryland. They would be held in reserve at Antietam but would see a small amount of fighting at Shepherdstown as well as Fredericksburg. It was here that George would suffer a severe wound in the right leg on the 13th of December resulting in the amputation of the limb. Transferred to Georgetown, Washington, he would linger until February 7th, when he would succumb to complications from the amputation. This view is hand signed by George along the front bottom reading “Geo. Sibbald Wilson Adjt. 17th N.Y.S.V.”. Back marked out of Washington where the regiment would arrive in June, 1861 and served in the Defense of Washington until March, 1862. As you can see, this one is a bit faint.

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