About David D. Sleeper
David D. Sleeper (Pvt, Co. E, 11th Vermont Volunteer Infantry)
David D. Sleeper was born on April 11, 1834 in Vershire, Vermont to Timothy and Ruth (Flanders) Sleeper. He married Elizabeth C. Hill around 1858.
David enrolled at Stowe in December of 1863 for a three-year enlistment in the 11th Regiment which later became the 1st Heavy Artillery. He described himself as 5'11" in height with dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and said he was a 29-year-old farmer.
He saw action at Cold Harbor, where he was wounded in the foot. He was also hit in the groin, as he testified in a claim filed in 1885: "...at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Va., June 12th, 1864, I was wounded by a minnie ball, which passed through my cartridge box which I had at the time round in front & over in front of my right groin - and struck me in front & just above my right groin & it knocked me down - it broke the skin so that the blood started a little ... it has troubled me ever since that time ... and in 1870 or 1871 it broke through and I now have a breach .... He had other problems as well: ... sometime in the fall of 1864 I contracted the Chronic Diarrhea while the regiment was near Wincheaster and it has troubled me ever since....
His unit was joined with Company A around June of 1865, and he was mustered out from that unit on August 25 in Washington, DC.
His unit was joined with Company A around June of 1865, and he was mustered out from that unit on August 25 in Washington, DC. He died March 2, 1892 at age 57 years, 10 months and 21 days