Pvt. Hans J. Gladney and Corp. William F. Wilson, Co. F, 11th New York Infantry, An Incident of the Battle

20 11 2022

At the battle of Bull’s Run, William Wilson, of New York, was carrying a wounded comrade, Hantz Gladden[*], from the field, when Gladden implored Wilson to leave him. “I shall die at any rate,” said he, “and the rebels may overtake and kill you; they will not hurt me when they see that I am wounded.” So he left him on the ground, and looking back when the rebels came up, he saw one of them take out his knife and deliberately cut Gladden’s throat from ear to ear, almost severing his head from his body. Wilson and Gladden were members of the Fire Zouaves Regiment.[**]

Wheeling (WV) Daily Intelligencer, 7/30/1861

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*Likely Hans J. Gladney (no Gladden found in regimental roster).

**Hans Gladney does not show as captured at First Bull Run. William Wilson does show as captured. It is possible that the news item flips the identities, and that Gladney (Gladden) was reporting on his last view of Wilson. Neither man shows as wounded in the roster. Both mustered out with the regiment on 6/2/1862.

Hans J. Gladney at Ancestry.com

Hans J. Gladney at Fold3

William F. Wilson at Ancestry.com

William F. Wilson at Fold3

William F. Wilson at FindAGrave



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