|Birth||Dec. 3, 1846|
|Death||Jan. 2, 1939|
|Unit||102nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G|
Thomas Jefferson Bender
Company G, 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry
Bender was born in Sommerset County, Pennsylvania on December 3, 1846. He enlisted and was mustered as a 17-year old private at Chambersburg on August 18, 1864. He served about 10 months and was mustered out on June 28, 1865 at Washington DC. Bender was promoted to corporal on April 15, 1865.
Private Bender joined the regiment in the final stages of the Civil War. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in the Siege of Petersburg (VA) from December, 1864 to April, 1865. In addition, the 102nd Pennsylvania was at the Appomattox Court House when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.
Bender died on January 2, 1939 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Fairmont Cemetery (Fillmore County) in Fairmont, Nebraska. Bender was the last member of the Webb Post (#18) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Fairmont.
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.