David C. Winder, Co. D, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves


David C. Winder was born 17 Nov 1834 at Brownsville, PA, the son of John Winder, born in PA, and Caroline Winder, born in PA, in accordance with death certificate in Civil War pension file. He died 18 September 1919 in Milwaukee, WI, and was buried at the National Soldiers Home in Milwaukee, WI on 20 Sep 1919. He married Mary A. Snow on 25 Jul 1863 in Pittsburgh, PA., and in 1898 stated that he had three children living: Robert Winder, born 1866 David Winder, born 29 Apr 1872 Mary Winder, born 14 Mar 1877 David served two enlistments in the Civil War – the first from 3 June 1861, when he enlisted as a private in Co D, 8th Regt. PA Res Vol Inf for three years. On the muster roll for May and June 1862 he was reported “Absent sick in Hospital in Washington”. He was discharged on certificate of disability by reason of chronic rheumatism, on 30 May 1862 at Mt. Pleasant General Hospital, Washington, DC. He was accepted for re-enlistment as a private in Co F, 14th Pa Cav on 9 September 1862, and was discharged from that enlistment on 30 May 1865. He was described upon enlistment as 5′ 8 3/4″ tall, of dark complexion, with black eyes and black hair – his occupation was a plasterer. In 1918 he stated his date of birth was 17 September 1833, a year earlier than given on his death certificate. At the same time he stated that he had lived in Cleveland, OH and Milwaukee, WI since his discharge in 1865. In 1877 he claimed in his declaration for pension that he had suffered a broken leg on or about 7 May 1862 at Falmouth, VA by being hit by a piece of shell thrown by the enemy. He also claimed that he received a gunshot wound at the Battle of Opequon, Va, 19 September 1864, and that a ball remained in his body from that wound, near his kidneys. At Ashby’s Gap, VA, about February 18, 1865, in a charge against Mosby was hit by a rebel on the top of his head, resulting in a skull fracture.. Besides his hospitalization in 1862, he stated that he had been in hospital in Frederick City, MD in the fall of 1864, and in the “Rebel Hospital, Richmond, VA, Pemberton Tobacco House in Feb & March 1865 – Prisoner of war records show him captured at Ashby’s Gap VA Feb 19, 1865, paroled at Aikens Landing VA, 24 Feb 1865, reported at Camp Parole, MD Feb 28, 1865, and sent to Camp Distribution on 23 Apr 1865. He gave his address in 1877 as 90 Chestnut Street, Cleveland, OH. He probably moved to Milwaukee about 1910. As happened rather frequently, David was charged with desertion from the hospital on 20 Jul 1862. This charge was removed, as he had previously been discharged on disability. Had horse shot dead under him at Winchester VA on 19 Oct 1864. By 1911 David was almost completely deaf – no hearing in right ear and “can hear loud conversation at 1 ft. with the left ear”. He required “frequent and periodic, though not regular and constant”, personal aid and attendance. His widow, Mary Snow Winder applied for and received a widow’s pension until her death on 2 Feb 1930, when she was still living in Milwaukee, WI.

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Currently a resident of Burke, Virginia - I'm originally from the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have been a student of the Pennsylvania Reserves since 1997 and thoroughly enjoy telling their story. By trade I'm a former IT Professional but presently working as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service.