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W. Sinclair
W. Sinclair

Federal (USA)

Colonel

William Sinclair

(1835 - 1905)
Home State: Ohio
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: 6th Pennsylvania Reserves

see his Battle Report

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
After graduation from West Point in 1857 he was 2nd (July 58) and 1st Lieutenant (30 April 1861) in the 2nd US Artillery. He was appointed Colonel of the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves 27 June 1862.1

The remainder of the War:
He was wounded while leading the Brigade in General Seymour's place at Fredericksburg in December 1862.2 He resigned his Colonelcy in June 1863, and served the remainder of the War as Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Inspector General. He was recognized by brevets to Captain (awarded May 1862) for gallant and meritorious service at Yorktown, and Major (December 1862) for the same at Fredericksburg.1

After the War:
He continued in Regular Army service, having been appointed Captain, 3rd US Artillery on 11 Dec 1865. He was promoted to Major, 2nd US Artillery in April 1885, Lieutenant Colonel of the 5th Artillery 6 June 1896, and Colonel, 7th Artillery, 8 March 1898. He was appointed Brigadier General immediately before retiring from active duty in February 1899.1

References, Sources, and other notes:
Life dates from his gravesite at Arlington.3

Image above from a CDV kindly provided by Scott D. Hann, from his collection.


College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1857    Class Rank: 17
Death Date: 10/03/1905    Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia



Notes

1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 889  [AotW citation 124]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 125]

3   Patterson, Michael Robert, Burials In Arlington National Cemetery, Published 1996-, first accessed 01 January 2001, <http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/>, Source page: /william-sinclair.htm  [AotW citation 126]



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