Josiah A. Shuler was born in 1836.
In 1860 there was one Josiah Shuler living in Niles, Cook County, Illinois.
In any case, Josiah (or Joseph) was 25 years old and probably living in Saugatuck, Allegan County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. According to one source, Josiah (listed as “Joseph Solder”) was among the second wave of recruits to come out of Ottawa County and did not in fact enlist until the end of May, along with Albert Hamlin, Calvin Hall, Nelson Davis and David Davis, Joseph Payne, Albert Gardner, James Rhodes, Perry Goshorn, Sylvester Gay, Quincy Lamereaux, William Suret and John Ward.
He was transferred to Company C (the old Grand Rapdis “German Rifles” company) on September 1, 1861, and in October of 1862 he was reported as a Sergeant on leave at Washington, DC.
Josiah was wounded on November 30, 1863, at Mine Run, Virginia, and subsequently sent to a general hospital in Washington, DC, where he remained until he was mustered out on June 20, 1864, at Detroit.
In July of 1864 he applied for and received a pension (no. 44319).