Posted 4 years ago
My Mother's uncle, Samuel Winner, was born 10/17/1842 and raised in Morrisville, PA. (Morrisville is located along the Delaware River, opposite Trenton, NJ.) He is a Civil War veteran, having served almost the entire duration of the war. At age 20 he fought in the Battle of Fredericksburg, (Dec. 1862) one of the bloodiest Civil War battles, and one in which General Robert E Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was victorious over the Army of the Potomac led by Major Gen. Ambrose Burnside. He was captured and spent 6 weeks at the notorious Libby Prison, (Richmond, VA) which is regarded as second only to Andersonville in its inhumane treatment of prisoners (severe overcrowding, starvation, disease, lack of medical care- meals consisted of a piece of corn bread and a sweet potato). He was liberated by the Northern forces. He moved from Morrisville to Bloomingdale, NJ, and died 12/23/1922. (Note: Wikipedia provides detailed information on Libby Prison.)
I wish I could have met him and talked with him about his experiences.
The photo was taken by a Mr. Blanchard, Bloomingdale, September 29, 1920 at age 79. Note musket in right hand.