|Birth||Sept. 2, 1845|
|Death||Nov. 24, 1936|
Private Henry Sanders
Company E, 53rd Illinois Infantry
Sanders was born in Montgomery County, Illinois on September 2, 1845. He was residing in Clyde (Whiteside County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on December 3, 1864. Sanders served about 8 months with the unit. He was mustered out on July 22, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Illinois Civil War records indicate that Sanders was a substitute soldier for another Illinois resident.
Sanders would probably have joined the regiment in the early part of 1865. At that time, the unit was part of the Carolinas Campaign. Previously, the regiment was part of General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in November and December 1864. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and historic events. A partial list includes:
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Joseph Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Sanders died on November 24, 1936 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Sheridan Cemetery in Auburn (Nemaha County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Carley Post (#173) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Auburn. In addition, he was a member of the Thompson Post (#309) of the GAR in Brownville.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.