William L. Wintworth, Civil War Soldier


William L. Wintworth
Born in Chicopee, Mass._Son of William E. Wintworth,_by occupation a musician,_Married,_at the age of 23 enlisted for three months in the 1st Regiment of Infantry, Conn. Vols._Company A.
Mustered into service April 22, 1861, and was detailed as Drummer. The regiment camped for organization at New Haven, Conn.
About the 1st of May following, regiment proceeded to Washington, D.C._Remained there about three weeks. Then was moved forward, and stationed at Fairfax Court House._Participated in the Battle of Bull run, July 1861._Returned about a week after the battle to New Haven, and were mustered out of service.
January 4, 1864, Wintworth enlisted for three years as Muscian in the 139th Regiment of Infantry, Penn. Vols._But as he enlisted in Massachusetts, the United States authorities refused to transfer him to the Pennsylvania regiment. After considerable delay, he was discharged from the service, in order to enable him to join the regiment he had desired.
He proceeded soon after to Harper’s Ferry, Va. And there, February 27, 1864, enlisted as musician (drummer) in the 3rd. Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Corps._Sometime afterwards the band was changed to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Corps._He served through Gen. Grant’s campaign before Richmond in the spring and summer of 1864, until in July the 6th Corps was detached from the Army of the Potomac, and ordered through Washington to the Shenandoah Valley.
August 28, 1864, he was furloughed 10 days, and September 20th following was furloughed for 15 days, both times visiting Chicopee.


ca. 1861-1865


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“William L. Wintworth, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, accessed December 17, 2017, http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org/archives/items/show/2497.