Wilson, John Aquilla

John Aquilla Wilson, circa 1900, detail

John Aquilla Wilson was born in York, Pennsylvania around 1849. On February 8, 1864, at fifteen years old, he enlisted for a three year term in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a member in Company B of the 32nd United States Colored Troops Regiment. Earlier, he had served in the hastily recruited militia organized to prevent the 1863 Confederate attempt to cross the Susquehanna over the Wrightsville Bridge in central Pennsylvania. Wilson was five feet and four inches tall with black hair, eyes, and complexion. The 32nd trained at Camp William Penn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the winter of 1864 until being ordered to Hilton Head, South Carolina in April. Wilson’s regiment remained in South Carolina for the duration of their service. The 32nd fought in the battle of Honey Hill on November 1864 and also participated in the occupations of Charleston and Camden in 1865. By the time of muster out on August 22, 1865, the regiment had lost 150 men, 113 to disease. Wilson was buried in Fawn AME Cemetery in Pennsylvania. (By Brenna McKelvey)

Life Summary

Full name
  John Aquilla Wilson
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Estimated
Gender
  Male
Race
  Black
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Free State
Occupation
  Military
  Other
Other Occupation
  Laborer
Relation to Slavery
  Free black
Military
  Union Army