Joseph K Wiley


BirthAug. 20, 1848
DeathSept. 29, 1940
CemeteryKearney (Kearney)
PostGavitt (Kearney)
Unit8th Illinois Infantry, Company K

Private Joseph S Wiley

Company K, 8th Illinois Infantry

Wiley was born in Shelby County, Illinois on August 20, 1848. Shelby County is located in the central part of Illinois. Illinois records indicate that Wiley was 18 years old when he enlisted on November 30, 1864. Based on the 1848 data of birth, Wiley would have been 16 years old when he entered the military. The young farmer enlisted for 2 years and was mustered in December 1, 1864. He served about 16 months and was mustered out on May 4, 1866 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Wiley joined the regiment in the last stages of the Civil War. During his enlistment, the unit participated in the sieges of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely in Alabama from March 26 through April 8, 1865. The regiment was assigned to duties in Louisiana and Texas until it was mustered out on May 4, 1866.

Wiley died on September 29, 1940 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney (Buffalo County), Nebraska. Wiley was the last member of the Sedgwick Post (#1) and the Gavitt Post (#299) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Kearney.

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


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