John A Wilt

BirthFeb. 18, 1836
DeathJuly 4, 1931
CemeteryKearney (Kearney)
PostSedgwick (Kearney)
Unit87th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G

Private John A Wilt

Company G, 87th Pennsylvania Infantry

Wilt was born in Carroll County, Maryland on February 18, 1836. He enlisted and mustered in the regiment on October 31, 1861. Wilt served a little less than 3 years. He was discharged on October 13, 1864.

The 87th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Yorktown in September of 1861. During Wilt’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Rapidan Campaign (VA) (May 4-June 12, 1864).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 8-21, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

Battle of Monocacy (VA) (July 9, 1864). Regimental losses were 9 killed, 13 wounded, and 28 were captured.

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 1-December 1, 1864).

Battle of Fisher’s Hill (VA) (September 22, 1864).

Wilt died July 4, 1931 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney (Buffalo County), Nebraska. Wilt was a member of the Sedgwick Post (#1) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Kearney.

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