Follow a General’s Movements during the American Civil War

A new interactive map of the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers digital collection allows researchers to follow Brigadier General Wilder’s movements from 1861 to 1865.

Interactive map of the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers digital collection.

Interactive map of the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers digital collection.

The digital collection contains correspondence and military records regarding Brigadier General Wilder’s service in the Union Army during the American Civil War from 1861-1865 as well as personal correspondence and papers dating from 1865 to 1937.

About General Wilder

John T. Wilder was born in Hunter, New York,  but began his career as an industrialist in Ohio and Indiana. At the outbreak of the United States Civil War, Wilder closed his foundry in Greensburg, Indiana and enlisted in the United States Army Indiana Infantry Regiment. Because of his leadership skills he was consistently promoted, eventually commanding the 17th Indiana Infantry Regiment as a Lieutenant Colonel. During the war he served in Virginia, Kentucky,  Georgia, and Tennessee. Wilder was among the first officers to mount his troops and to supply them with Spencer Repeating Rifles, which they used to great effect in the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia. They would become known as “Wilder’s Lightning Brigade.” Wilder was promoted to the brevet rank of Brigadier General in 1864. After the war, Wilder and his family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he founded the Roane Iron Company and served as postmaster.

Learn More

View the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers in UTC’s Digital Collections or stop by Special Collections & University Archives to see the physical collection.


Sunderland, Glenn W. Lightning at Hoover’s Gap; The Story of Wilder’s Brigade. New York: T. Yoseloff, 1969.

Sunderland, Glenn W. Wilder’s Lightning Brigade–and Its Spencer Repeaters. Washington, Ill. (P.O. Box 86, Washington 61571): BookWorks, 1984.

Wilder, John Thomas. John T. Wilder Civil War correspondence and papers. 1861.

Williams, Samuel Cole. General John T. Wilder, Commander of the Lightning Brigade. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1936.

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