|Birth: ||May 6, 1841|
|Death: ||Aug. 18, 1896|
The son of James & Mary Ann (Lutz) Wails, in 1860, he was a carpenter living in Fawn Township, York County, and stood 5' 11" tall with dark hair and hazel eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in York August 7, 1862, and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg August 9 as a corporal with Co. I, 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, with his last name spelled "Wails." He was shot in the left shoulder at the battle of Antietam September 17, 1862. Received promotion to the rank of sergeant December 13, 1862, the day of the battle of Fredericksburg. He was honorably discharged with his company May 21, 1863. He also enlisted in York January 18, 1864, and mustered in Harrisburg January 20 as a private with Co. B, 187th Pennsylvania Infantry but promoted to corporal December 1, 1864. He contracted chronic diarrhea after the battle of Cold Harbor. He was shot in the upper right thigh near Petersburg, Virginia, June 18, 1864. Surgeons treated him first at City Point, Virginia, for two weeks, then at Lincoln U.S. Hospital for two months, and in there somewhere gave him a furlough home to recover. He returned to duty October 7, 1864, and honorably discharged with his company August 3, 1865.
He married Emma S. Poorman November 9, 1865, and fathered Nathan Harry (b. 05/??/80), Emma Florence (b. 12/??/83), and fourteen more who died. The thigh (also described as hip) wound caused him years of suffering. To add to his woes, in 1890, he severely cut his left foot while chopping wood. He died at his home in Fawn Township. The family name was also spelled "Wails" and "Wailes."
James Wails (1811 - 1896)
Mary Ann Lutz Wails (1810 - 1904)
Emma S. Poorman Wales*
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery
Created by: Dennis Brandt
Record added: Jun 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91559390