He was born in 1820/21 (2 (40 in 1861)).
He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 16 September 1861 (1, 2). He was mustered in as a private, in company D (1, 3).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Sam'l Wilson 1st)
2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 10 August 2004 (Samuel Wilson 1st)
3 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Samuel Wilson no. 1)
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