|Birth||May 30, 1844|
|Death||Aug. 5, 1932|
|Unit||7th Wisconsin Infantry, Company D|
Private Amos S Eager
Company D, 7th Wisconsin Infantry
Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)
Eager was born in Oneida (Madison County), New York on May 30, 1844. He was residing in Rutland (Dane County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on August 10, 1861. He served about 2 years and 3 months before transferring to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on November 15, 1863. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from illness/disease. They were assigned to light duties which freed up able-bodied soldiers for front line duty. Eager was discharged on April 18, 1864.
The 7th Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Madison on September 2, 1861. The regiment was part of the Iron Brigade of the Army of the Potomac. The unit fought in many major battles and campaigns during the War. The regiment lost 10 officers and 271 enlisted men in combat. In addition, the unit lost 143 men due to disease. The total loss was 424 men. Wikipedia offers additional insight into the incredible losses of the unit. A total of 1,342 men served and nearly 1/3 were lost to combat or disease.
Eager was wounded at the Battle of Gainsville (VA) on August 28, 1862. Regimental losses on that date were 30 killed, 127 wounded, and 14 captured.
He died on August 5, 1932 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Eager was a member of the Farragut Post (#25) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Lincoln.
Doc – Eager(7WISC).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.