Age: 0, credited to Bradford, VT
Unit(s): 53rd MA INF
Service: 53rd MA INF
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Birth: 11/28/1840, Unknown
Burial: Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 95810748
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/30/1879; widow Emily, 1/26/1906, CO, not approved
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT
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Carlos Wilson, who died Monday at his home in Boston, was born in Bradford November 28, 1840. He received an ordinary country school education, and while still a mere lad taught for a time in his native town. There was barely a living to be gained by such efforts, however, so he went to New York state, but soon after the beginning of the Civil War went to Boston. Here he went into the retail grocery business in South Boston, and later opened a store at the south end. Later he sold out, and made arrangements with a large importing concern to sell good on commission, and continued in this business the remainder of his life.
When a young man Mr. Wilson by chance became interested in the history of Napoleon and bought a few books on the subject. He said at that time if he could get together one hundred and fifty volumes about the great Corsican should consider his library complete. His collection soon outgrew this small number, and for a score of years he had been noted as one of the few collectors of Napoleana in this country. Since the death of John C. Ropes he had been the authority in Boston on the life and times of Napoleon, and questions relating to the subject were always referred to him. From every part of the civilized world he gradually brought together over two thousand selected volumes on his favorite subject, together with nine thousand portraits and prints, extra illustrated books and pamphlets, many rare relics, and the best private collection of Napoleonic coins and medals in America, if not in the world. He did not know himself how many different portraits of Napoleon he owned, but the number was certainly over five hundred.
Mr. Wilson was so modest and unassuming that only those interested in his "hobby" knew of him other than as a business man who was said to be a great reader. He leaves only one surviving relative, a twin sister, Mrs. M. V. Garfield, of Bradford. He was thoughtful of his birthplace and often sent books to its town library.
Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, May 16, 1906.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.