Captain Calvin H. Wilson 16th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Died of disease


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Carte view of Captain Calvin H. Wilson of the 16th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company E. Wilson would be commissioned into Company E on May 24, 1861 as a 1st lieutenant. Calvin would be plagued with sickness throughout his service. Shortly after being commissioned into the regiment he would be absent on leave up until June, 1861. He would return in July and be present for duty through July of 1863. His promotion to captain would come in June, 1862. Wilson would once again be on leave for sickness in August and September of 1863. Returning to the regiment in September, he would once again fall ill in early February, 1864. Later that month he would be transferred to a hospital in Quincy, Illinois in hopes of recovering once more. Repeated bouts with sickness had however taken it’s toll on Calvin. In May, with his health failing, the outlook for his return to active duty was no longer a viable option and he would resign his commission on May 24th. Less than 3 weeks later chronic hepatitis would claim his life while lying in a General Hospital bed in Quincy. This view is back marked out of Nashville, Tennessee where the regiment would be stationed from early November, 1862 through late July of 1863. Faint pencil id on the reverse reading “Capt. Wilson Co. E 16th”. This view came from the personal album Colonel Cahill. Comes with full service records.

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