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Thomas Maher collection of John T. Wilder photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-054
This collection contains facsimiles of photographs of Union Army officer John T. Wilder ranging from 1858 to 1719.


  • 1858-1917


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Biographical / Historical

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. Wilder and his troops 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 briefly as postmaster. Thomas Maher is the great grandson of John T. Wilder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Thomas Maher, the great grandson of John T. Wilder, to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 1992 November 5.

Processing Information

The processing of this collection is complete.


Thomas Maher collection of John T. Wilder photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections repository

615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 USA
(423) 425-4503