About James W. Sleeper (USA)
James W. Sleeper (Pvt, Co. D, 5th Vermont Volunteer Infantry)
James W. Sleeper was born on August 28, 1838, in Waterbury, Vermont to Timothy and Ruth (Flanders) Sleeper. He married Caroline B. Guptil on August 14, 1859, in Stowe, Vermont. James enlisted at St. Albans in September of 1861 to serve three years in Company D, 5th Infantry. He described himself as 5'9½", light complexion, blue eyes, and light-colored hair and that he was a farmer.
In his Declaration for Original Invalid Pension, dated June 15, 1880, he said that near the Chain bridge, D.C. in October 1861, he contracted chronic diarrhea and suffered from its results. He was at Camp Griffin, Va. in Nov/Dec 1861 but frequently was "absent, sick" in roll calls.
He received a medical discharge February 5, 1863 at Philadelphia for "Deformity of left arm resulting from Erysipelas in early childhood". But there was no mention of the diarrhea that caused his frequent absences.
James died in Waterbury on April 9, 1918 at age 79. A four-foot tall granite marker is inscribed with the names, years of birth and death of James and his wife, Caroline. An additional inscription commemorates his service with the 5th Regiment VT Vols.
Name: James William Sleeper
Death Date: 09 Apr 1918
Birth Date: 1839
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Caroline Guptel
Father's Name: Timothy T. Sleeper
Mother's Name: Ruth Flanders
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I01221-2
System Origin: Vermont-EASy
Source Film Number: 2025217
Reference Number: 43