Dr. William C. Wile
Source: Danbury Evening Post Obituary 1913
Born in Pleasant Valley, Duchess County, New York, on January 23, 1847 to the Reverend Benjamin Franklin Wile and his wife Betty Bulkeley Wile. Reverend Wile was the pastor of the Presbyterian church in Pleasant Valley for thirty nine years. The family, an old Dutch one came originally from Amsterdam, Dr. Wile’s mother is of the English descent.
During his boyhood he was a student at the College Hill school in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was still a schoolboy when the Civil War began. Intensely patriotic even at fifteen years of age, and fired by the spirit of the time, he enlisted as a private in Company G, One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, and went to the front as one of the youngest regularly enlisted soldiers in the Union Army and one of the bravest.
He remained at the front two years. The battle of Gettysburg was the first fight that he took part in and his comrades bear evidence to the fact that the boy of fifteen displayed under fire all the courage of the mature man. This paragraph appears in a sketch that forms a part of the history of his regiment; ” He went in as a private and came out as a private. His history is very simple-one of a boy trying to do his duty as well as he knew how”.