|Birth||Oct. 24, 1843|
|Death||May 18, 1930|
|Cemetery||Forest Lawn (Omaha)|
|Unit||16th Wisconsin Infantry, Company I|
Sergeant Thomas H Leslie
Company I, 16th Wisconsin Infantry
Leslie was born in Lafayette County, Wisconsin on October 24, 1843. He was residing in Darlington (Lafayette County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on October 7, 1861. Leslie enlisted as a corporal and was promoted to sergeant during his tour of duty. He served 3 years and 9 months before his discharge on July 12, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
The 16th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Madison on January 31, 1862. During Leslie’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 39 killed, 179 wounded, 10 were captured, and 11 reported as missing.
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862). Regimental losses were 9 killed, 24 wounded, and 5 reported captured or missing.
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (June 8-September 8, 1864). Regimental losses on July 21, 1864 were 8 killed, 111 wounded, and 8 captured. Leslie was one of the wounded. The severity of the wound and his recovery time were not available.
General Sherman’s March to the Sea (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Regimental losses were 6 officers and 141 enlisted men in combat. In addition, 4 officers and 248 enlisted men died due to disease.
Leslie died on May 18, 1930 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska. Leslie was a member of the Crook Post (#262) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Omaha.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.