Private James Briscoe Stilson
Born June 8 1829, in Fairfield, Ct, parents David and Deborah Merritt Stilson, brother of
Alfred (a/k/a Alonzo) Stilson, shoemaker, married, enlisted in West Farms on July 31
1862 for three years in Co C 5 N Y H A . He received $100 enlistment bonus.
He died of "disease" in the post hospital at Ft Mc Henry, Baltimore, on February 27
1863, but was "mustered out" in army lingo. He was described as brown eyes, black
hair, light complexion and 5'6 ". Stilson was cited for his "distinguished service".
His W.P.A. file card erroneously credits him with participating in battles in Virginia that
occurred months after his death.
He received a government stone on November 18 1879, had a G.A.R. marker, and is
8618 on the W.P.A. location in St Stephen's cemetery near his brother and his parents.
He left his wife Sarah (Green), 23, and a four year old daughter, Fanny. His wife,
received a widow's pension on March 24 1864 and a minor's pension for Sarah Clark on
August 24 1877.
He is on the Adjutant General's roster for Co C 5 N YN HA as is his brother John, who
enlisted in Armonk on January 1 1862. John and Alonzo have NARA numbers,