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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II

(Born Md.)

Charles S. Winder

(Ap'd Md.)


Charles Sidney Winder: Born Oct. 18, 1829, Talbot Co., MD.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1846, to July 1, 1850, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1850.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1850‑51, — Ft. Columbus,

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 21, 1851)

N. Y., 1851, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., 1851‑54;​a as Adjutant, 3d Artillery,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Apr. 5, 1854)

Apr. 4, 1854, to Mar. 3, 1855, — at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1854, — and Benicia,

(Captain, 9th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

Cal., 1854‑55; on Recruiting service, 1855; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1855; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1856, — and Ft. Cascades, Wash., 1856, being engaged in the Defense of the place against hostile Indians, Mar. 27‑28, 1856; on sick leave of absence, 1856‑58; on frontier duty at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1858; on Spokane Expedition, 1858, being engaged in the desperate Combat of To‑hots‑nim‑me, Wash., May 17, 1858, — Combat of the Four Lakes, Wash., Sep. 1, 1858, — Combat of Spokane Plains, Wash., Sep. 5, 1858, — and Skirmish of Spokane River, Wash., Sep. 8, 1858; on frontier duty at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1858, 1859; on sick leave of absence, 1859‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 1, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​b and was

Killed, Aug. 9, 1862, at the Battle of Cedar Mountain: Aged 33.

Buried, Wye House Cemetery, Easton, MD.

Thayer's Notes:

a The Register is in error in putting Lt. Winder in Rhode Island continuously from 1851 to 1854, failing to note his presence on the steamer San Francisco, wrecked on Dec. 24, 1853, where he is recorded by Col. Gates and Mrs. Gates, in separate accounts, as having demonstrated energy and courage: see The New York Times, Jan. 16, 1854, a full detailed report of the wreck, of which Lt. Winder was one of the few survivors. (That he, and not another man by the same name, was on the San Francisco, is established by his own diary, in the Charles Sidney Winder Collection, 1852‑1862, at the Maryland Historical Society, q.v.)

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: a good account of it is given by the biographical sketch at Find-a‑Grave linked above.

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