|Birth||July 12, 1844|
|Death||April 3, 1930|
|Unit||7th Wisconsin Infantry, Company C|
Private John N Gillam
Company C, 7th Wisconsin Infantry
Veteran Reserve Corps
Gillam was born in Grant County, Wisconsin on July 12, 1844. He was residing in Platteville (Grant County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered on December 23, 1863. He served about 1 year and 2 months before transferring to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on February 15, 1865. 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. Gilliam was wounded on May 10, 1864 at the Battle of Laurel Hill in Virginia. He was discharged on July 24, 1865.
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.
Gillam died on April 3, 1930 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Gillam was a member of the Mitchell Post (#38) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Waverly, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.