Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 66th New York Infantry
Giving his age as 21 years, he enlisted in New York City on 12 September 1861 and mustered as First Corporal, Company C, 66th New York Infantry on 5 November. He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 September 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded again, on 13 December 1862, at Fredericksburg, VA. He was promoted to First Sergeant of his Company on 8 September 1863, reenlisted on 20 December, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company G on 30 March (to date from 1 January) 1864. He mustered out with his Company on 30 August 1865 in New York City.
After the War
He began receiving a small veteran's pension immediately after his discharge for invalidity due to a "fracture of left arm + forearm" which continued to at least June 1918.
References & notes
His service from the State of New York,1 as Sernon Pincus. His pension from a card in the US National Archives, online from fold3. Thanks to great-great-grandson Ross Schacher for his picture, from a portrait passed down in the family, and for his correct first name.
His brother Adolph was also wounded at Antietam.