Josiah Waddle


BirthAug. 7, 1849
DeathJan. 10, 1939
CemeteryForest Lawn (Omaha)
Unit79th United States Colored Troops, Co H

Musician Josiah Waddle

1st Regiment, Kansas Colored Infantry

Company H, 79th United States Colored Infantry (USCT)

Waddle was born in Silver County, New York on August 7, 1849. He was residing in Fort Scott, Kansas when he enlisted in the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry on March 31, 1863. Waddle was mustered on May 1, 1863 and served about 2 years and 6 months. The 79th United States Colored Infantry was organized from the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry on December 13, 1864. Waddle was discharged on October 26, 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The 1st Kansas Colored Infantry was organized at Fort Scott, Kansas on January 13, 1863. During his enlistment, the 1st Kansas Colored and the 79th USCT were involved in several battles. Some of them include:

Battle of Sherwood (MO) (May 18, 1863). Regimental losses were 15 killed.

Battle of Poison Springs (AR) (April 18, 1864). Regimental losses were 89 killed, 9 wounded, and 2 were captured.

Battle of Jenkins Ferry(AK) (April 30, 1864).

Battle of Flat Rock (Cherokee Nation) (September 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 29 killed).

Waddle died on January 10, 1939 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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