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Civil War (Union) 1
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Frederick W Wild 1
Age: 21 1
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
1862 1
Military Unit:
Baltimore Battery, Light Artillery, Ge-Z 1
State:
Maryland 1

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Frederick Wild, age 20, was assigned to the Baltimore Light Artillery ‘Alexander’s’ company who wrote the book ‘Memoirs and History of Capt. Alexander’s Baltimore Battery of Light Artillery.’ In his book, Wild writes that they were furnished with tents that would quarter 16 men but were allowed to allocate their own quarters. Wild and four friends built their own cabin. There is a picture of the cabin that Wild attributes to being built by him and his friend Fred Miller during the winter of 1864. The cabin would have been located on the Monocacy Battlefield just the winter before Confederate troops crossed into Maryland on their way to Washington.
The Battle of the Monocacy which is the only battle lost by the Union on Union soil is attributed to slowing the Confederates march, which allowed Gen. Grant to organize forces to protect Washington D.C.
In his official report Major General Wallace says: I wish to make honorable mention at this time of Captain F. W. Alexander, whose battery was well served through-out the day."
Brigadier General Tyler reports as follows: "Captain Alexander, with his officers and men, behaved in the most gallant manner, serving their guns with great coolness and effect, and I desire particularly to call the commanding general's attention to their conduct during the three days we were in front of the enemy."
In his memoirs General Grant writes: " Whether the delay caused by the battle amounted to a day or not, General Wallace contributed on this occasion, by the defeat of the troops under him, a greater benefit to the cause than often falls to the lot of a commander of an equal force to render by means of a victory."
It is a fact established beyond question that Wallace's "forlorn hope" battle at Monocacy saved Washington.

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