Daniel Wilson, pictured here on July 4, 1905, was born circa 1846 in Oswego County, Oswego, New York. He was the son of John Wilson and Susan Laury. Mr. Wilson enlisted in Oswego N.Y. in the 147th New York Infantry on January 5, 1864 at age 18. He mustered in as a Private in Co. I. He was transferred to Co. I, 91st Infantry on June 5, 1865.
By 1890, he had left New York and was living in Cooks, Michigan. He married Sarah Wilson in 1895.
By 1900, he had moved to Thompson, Michigan. Daniel Wilson died on May 23, 1910 and is buried in the Thompson cemetery. Photo Courtesy of George Wilson
Source: New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer, Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, 1912. Contributed by George Wilson
Colonel Andrew S. Warner received authority, August 25, 1862, to recruit a regiment in the then 21st Senatorial District of the State; it was organized at Oswego, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years September 22 and 23, 1862. January, 25, 1865, it received by transfer the veterans and recruits of the 76th Infantry not mustered out of their regiment. June 5, 1865, the men not to be mustered out with the regiment were transferred to the 91st Infantry.
The companies were recruited principally: A, B and I at Oswego; C at Richland, Albion and Williamstown; D at Fulton, Granby and Volney; E at Sandy Creek, Redfield, Boyleston and Orwell; F at Mexico, Palermo and New Haven; G at Oswego and Scriba; H at Constantia, Parish, Amboy and West Monroe, and K at Oswego, Scriba and Fulton.
The regiment left the State September 25, 1862; it served in the 2d Brigrade, defenses of Washington, north of the Potomac, from September, 1862; in the Provisional Brigade, Provost Guard, Army of the Potomac, from December, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, from January 1863; in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, from March 1863; in the 2d Brigade, 4th Division, 5th Corps, from March, 1864; in the 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 3d Corps, from August, 1864; in the 3d Brigate, 3d Division, 5th Corps, from September, 1864; and under Col. Francis C. Miller, it was honorably discharged and mustered out June 7, 1865, near Washington, D.C.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 5 officers, 107 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 4 officers, 52 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 177 enlisted men; total, 11 officers, 336 enlisted men; aggregate, 347 of whom 71 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States, 1861-1865. Records of the regiments in the Union army--cyclopedia of battles--memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, Wisconsin: Federal Pub. Co., 1896. Vol. II. Contributed by George Wilson
One Hundred and Forty-seventh infantry --Cols., Andrew S. Warner, John G. Butler, Francis C. Miller; Lieut. Cols., John G. Butler, Francis C. Miller, George Harney, James Coey; Majs., Francis C. Miller, George Harney, Dudley Farling, Alex R. Penfield, James Coey. This was an Oswego county regiment, organized at Oswego and there mustered into the U.S. service on Sept 23, 1862. It received by transfer on Jan. 25, 1865, the remnant of the 76th N.Y. The regiment left the state on Sept. 25, 1862, and after serving for a time in the defenses of Washington, north of the Potomac and in the provisional brigade, provost guard, Army of the Potomac, it was placed in the 1st division, 1st corps. It was under fire for the first time at Fitzhugh's crossing below Fredericksburg, one of the preliminary movements of the Chancellorsville campaign, losing a few men killed and wounded. It was in reserve at Chancellorsville and sustained no losses. In the 2nd (Cutler's) brigade, 1st (Wadsworth's) division 1st corps, and commanded by Lieut.-Col. Miller, it marched on the field at Gettysburg. "The brigade--Cutler's--was the first infantry to arrive on that field and to it fell the honor of opening that famous battle, the first volley coming from the rifles of the 56th Pa. When Cutler's troops were forced back, the order to retire failed to reach the 147th, as Col. Miller fell wounded and senseless just as he received it, and so the gallant band, under Maj. Harney, continued to hold its ground. A temporary success near by enabled the regiment to retire in good order; but not all, for of the 380 who entered the fight, 76 were killed or mortally wounded, 146 were wounded, and 79 were missing; total, 301."[Fox's Regimental Losses in the Civil War.] The regiment took part in the Mine Run campaign--the last campaign of the 1st corps-- sustaining a few casuialties, and then went into winter quarters at Brandy Station. In March, 1864, when the 1st corps was broken up, it was assigned to the 3d brigade, the (Wadsworth's) division, 5th (Warren's) corps, and was actively engaged in all the battles of the corps during Grant's bloody campaign of 1864-65. While in the 5th corps it took part in the battle of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna river, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, first assault on Petersburg, seige of Petersburg, Weldon railroad, Poplar Spring Church, Boydton road, Hatcher's run, White Oak ridge, Five Forks and Appomattox. The total casualties of the regiment from the opening of the campaign in May, 1864, until Lee's surrender, amounted to 477 killed, wounded and missing. It was mustered out near Washington, D. C., June 7, 1865, under Col. Miller. The total enrollment of the regiment during service was 2,102 of whom 581 were killed or wounded; 9 officers and 159 men were killed or mortally wounded; 2 officers and 177 men died of disease and other causes; total deaths, 11 officers and 336 men.
Wilson/Rivers Family circa July 4, 1905 - Photo contributed by George Wilson