The subject of this sketch was born near New Albany, Indiana, Oct. 1852; his father, Morgan Sanders is deceased, as is also his mother, Lavina (Gibbs). May 30, 1888, he was united in wedlock at New Albany, Ind., to Margaret Krepps who was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, April, 1853; her parents, no longer numbered among the living, were Andrew and Nancy (Short) Whitton. No children have been born to this union. Comrad Sanders was 20 years of age when he was enrolled in the U.S. Regular army as a private in Co. I, 6th U.S. Inft., at Louisville, Ky., for 5 years, July, 1873. In 1875 he was ill and cared for in hospital at Ft. Beuford, Dakota, three weeks for rheumatism. In 1880 he was again in hospital at Ft. Colville, Washington state, on account of a sprained knee for three months; he was again treated in hospital at Ft. Spokane, Washington state one month in consequence of rheumatism. In 1876 he was detailed as teamster on the Yellowstone; he was honorably discharged July, 1878, at Ft. Beuford, at expiration of term and re-enlisted at Indianapolis, Ind., for another term of five years August, 1878, in Co. H, 2d U.S. Inft. He took part in several skirmishes on the Powder River with Sioux Indians and was finally honorably discharged August, 1883, at Ft. Spokane, Washington state. Comrade Sanders lost his eyesight from exposure to the heat and alkali dust in Washington state; he now enjoys the companionship of the “the boys” and he receives a well-deserved pension. His address is New Albany, Indiana.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike