right, so. i'm trying to write my geocaching logs for the 5th of may and of course i can't just go to a cache and find it, because GRAVES.
there's a cache just off the edge of the chestnut hill cemetery in aurora, ny, and of course the best parking is up in the cemetery and of course the guy i happened to have seen when i got out of the car looks interesting to me.
so we're off and running again.
sometimes when the guys went away to the civil war they came back just fine, but a lot of the guys didn't come back ok. it's not a terrible big surprise to any of us, because war is bad for people and even though civil war veterans got pretty decent benefits by the standards of the day, a lot of the guys came back with tempers, or habits.
it usually doesn't say that in the records, but you know the signs.
louis winegar was a sargeant of company I 9th new york heavy artillery. that's what it says on his official gubmint issue headstone. when the company "was honorably discharged and mustered out, under Col. James W. Snyder, July 6, 1865, at Washington, D. C., the men not entitled to be discharged then having been formed into four companies and transferred, June 27, 1865, to the 2d N. Y. Volunteer Artillery as Companies I, K, L and M of the latter."
mr. winegar's record indicates that he is one of those soldiers transferred to the 2d artillery for the remainder of his service.
there is available online a picture of M company of this regiment; although mr. winegar is not in this company, it is perhaps safe to think that his company would have looked similar to these men. you should go look.
here's what the official rosters say of mr. winegar:
WINEGAR , LEWAS.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, December 22,
1863, at Springport; mustered in as private, Co. I, December
30, 1863, to serve three years; transferred to Co. M, Second
Artillery, June 27, 1865.
WINEGAR, LEWIS.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, Deoember 22,
1863, at Springport; mustered in as private, Co. I, Ninth New
York Artillery, Deoember 30, 1863, to serve, three years; transferred to Co. I, this regiment, June 27, 1865; mustered out, November 21, 1865, at Washington, D. C, as of Second Company,
Second Battery, Veteran Reserve Corps.
there are some indications that his life does not go well after he leaves the army. we don't know that it's causative; some people aren't doing that well before they join the army.
mr. winegar lives until 1909, but the 1902 listing of survivors of his regiment does not include him.
the census records list him as a carpenter and that he has a wife, elizabeth, but it's the newspapers that tell his story so i'm just going to quote you the relevant passages and let you draw your own conclusions.
i am linking you to the full pages, and if you have time, i REALLY recommend reading the digitized copies of the originals because there is a BOATLOAD of interesting stuff there.
union springs advertiser, thursday may 13, 1880
Louis Winegar, an account of whose
arrest appears in another column, has been
committed to jail by Justice Cootes. to
await the action of the grand jury.
Louis Winegar, residing at No. 8
lansing street, adopted the Sprague shot-gun
policy in ejecting a German music teacher
from his house Saturday afternoon. It
seems that the professor is giving music
lessons to Winegar's wife, and went to the
bouse for that purpose. He was invited in
by Mrs. Winegar, when her husband, who
was home and a little the worse off for
liquor, proceeded to serve a writ of ejectment upon him, with a shot-gun. The
professor didn't stand on ceremony but
bolted and made the best time on record,
down street, not excepting the time made
by the special train which took Vanderbilt
and other railroad magnates to Cleveland
the other day. After the professor's sudden departure the ram-crazed husband
turned on his wife whose cries brought
to her assistance the neighbors, who secured Wlnegar with a rope. A warrant
was sworn out for Wlnegar by a neighbor,
and Officer Cook went up and arrested
him. He occupies a cell in the calaboose.
— Auburn Corr. Syracuse Standard.
auburn evening auburnian, saturday april 16, 1881
PICTURES OF CITY LIFE
DRAWN BY THE AUBURNIAN'S
News From All Quarters of the Municipality of Every Kind and for
Recorder Cootes disposed of a number
of minor offenders this morning. John
Malady for intoxication and disorderly
conduct was sentenced to pay $10 or 65
day in the penitentiary. A man with the
jaw breaking name of Albert Sieltlikowska,
paid $5 for drunkenness. Lewis Winegar
for indulging too freely in the ardent paid
$5 for his entertainment. James Crow,
whose name is indicative of a filthy bird,
while drunk had the misfortune to fall into
a stench trap of some kind and the effluvia
arising from his clothing was almost sickening.
The court disposed of him hurriedly
by imposing a $5 fine which Crow paid
John Murphy arrested for intoxication, not
having $3 about him to pay bis fine with,
went to jail for fifteen days. William
May word, intoxication; paid $4. Edmund
Dugan went up for fifteen days, to get sober in.
auburn bulletin, tuesday january 14, 1890
A Family Jar.
Lewis Winegar of 8 Lansing street
was arrested this afternoon on complaint
of his wife who charges him with threat
ening to kill her. Mrs.. Winegar called
at the City hall Saturday night and
claimed that her husband had. driven her
from the house, threatening to kill her
with a part of a heating stove. She
swore out a peace warrant, yesterday,
and the husband will be compelled to
give bonds to keep the peace.
union springs advertiser, thursday may 17, 1894
— Lewis Winegar, late of the
Soldiers' Home at Bath, is visiting
friends in town.
union springs advertiser, thursday september 8, 1904
—Alexander Stewart and Louis
Winegar have been sentenced to
the county jail for sixty days for
union springs advertiser, thursday may 10, 1906
— Lewis Winegar, the veteran
soldier, has been located at Bath,
Stuben county, where he is working at his trade as a carpenter. He
did not enter the Soldiers' Home.
union springs advertiser, thursday march 22, 1906
— An Old Veteran Missing On
the 13th day of February last Louis
Winegar, a veteran of the civil
war, left Union Springs for the
Soldiers' Home at Bath. He was
last seen on the east shore of Cayuga lake about midway between
Union Springs and Cayuga, enquiring if he could cross on the
ice. He has not arrived at the
Bath Home and fears are entertained that he may be drowned.
He carried a satchel and had money
sufficient to pay his expenses to
Bath. Winegar is about sixtythree years old, weight 175, dark
complexion; eruptions on face; has
drink habit. Any information will
be gratefully received by A. A
Hoff Post, 494, G. A. R , Union
Springs, N. Y.
union springs advertiser, thursday november 12, 1908
—Louis Winegar and Alexander
C. Stewart have gone to the Soldiers Home at Bath for the winter.
union springs advertiser, thursday october 7, 1909
—Lewis Winegar, a native of
this place and an inmate of the
Bath soldiers' home, was picked
up in an unconscious condition on
South Division streeet, Auburn,
Wednesday morning. It was supposed at first that he was intoxicated but at the hospital it was
found that was a mistake and that
he was suffering from a fractured
hip. He had been on the roadside
port byron chronicle, saturday october 9, 1909
Lewis Winegar, an aged veteran of
the Civil war, was found Wednesday
morning in the western outskirts of
Auburn, suffering with a fractured hip.
auburn citizen, saturday october 9, 1909
WINEGAR IS DEAD.
Shock and Exposure Proved too
Much for Old Veteran.
Lewis Winegar, the old man who was found In an unconscious condition
in South Division street near
Paul's corners Thursday morning
and who It was afterwards found was
suffering from a fractured hip caused by a fall the previous night and
remained by the roadside all night, died at the City hospital last night
from shock aud exposure.
Winegar was an old soldier and has been living at the Soldiers' home
at Bath. He came here a few days ago to visit friends in Aurelius and intended to go back today.
The funeral arraugoments are incomplete.
union springs advertiser, thursday may 19, 1910
MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM.
Veterans will proceed In carriages to
decorate graves in outlying cemeteries
in the forenoon, leaving here at 9:oo
o'clock. Flowers should be left in the
vacant store next to D. Everett's before
Later in the forenoon veterans will
decorate graves in village cameteries.
No band has been engaged tor this
Veterans will meet in Post rooms at
3:00 o'clock and march to Baptist
church where services will be held at
3:30. Address by Rev, A. E. Atwater of
Syracuse, former pastor of the M. E.
Prayer by Rev. E. E. Edwards.
Music by Union Springs brass sextette.
singing by Presbyterian choir
Song by Harlsod Yawger.
Reading of Lincoln's Gettysenrg address, by Fred Myers
Reading the names of honored dead.
Decorating chairs commemorating
live comrades who have died within
the past year: Lewis Winegar, Peter
Me Kenny, T. J. Mereereau, John R.
Krambley and Thomas Knspp — by
Tliomaa itureh, Edwin Hill, Willi.
Kllaworth, Henry Bailiner[?] and [illegible]
alexander stewart and lewis winegar served together in the 9th heavy artillery. mr. stewart is on record as being employed from time to time by the city of auburn as a day laborer. in his later years mr. steewart was active in going to veterans' reunions and apparently getting drunk and cutting loose with his old friend.