OSCAR F. WILBER
- Grant Recipient
- 3974 Church Road, Allegany, NY
- 42.172908, -78.500612
Allegany Area Historical Association
Oscar F. Wilber served in the 154th NY Infantry during the Civil War. Injured at Chancellorsville, he met Walt Whitman at Armory Square Hospital where he was being treated for his wounds, from which he succumbed in 1863. His story inspired Whitman to write his well-known essay, “A New York Soldier.” Wilber’s thighbone is preserved at the National Museum of Health & Medicine in Maryland.