|Birth||Dec. 16, 1841|
|Death||April 13, 1944|
|Cemetery||Rose Hill (Albion)|
|Unit||3rd Wisconsin Infantry, Company E|
Private James Hill
Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry
Hill was born in Truston, England on December 16, 1841. He was residing in Council Hill, Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered into the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on May 8, 1861. Hill was wounded on September 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam. He received a severe wound in his right leg that required the amputation of his leg at the knee. He was discharged due to his wound on January 13, 1863.
Hill died on April 13, 1944 at the age of 102 years. He is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion (Boone County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Kit Carson Post (#42) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Albion.
Pat Meisinger of the Cass County Historical Society conducted additional research on Hill’s life. Pat was able to locate 2 articles from the Omaha World-Herald. Recaps of each include:
A July 19, 1942 photograph shows Hill purchasing 4 War Bonds worth $100. The accompanying article mentions that he was one of the first “customers” to purchase the bonds on American Heroes Day.
Hill’s obituary was carried in the April 14, 1944 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The obituary indicates that he had been a resident of Albion since 1909. He had lived in Albion since he retired from his Colfax County farm.
Doc – Hill(3WISC).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.