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Pittenger, William, 1838-1896


Biographical Note

William J. Pittenger, son of Abraham and Elizabeth Gladfelter Pittenger, was born in Ohio in 1838. While working as a Missouri schoolteacher in 1862, Pittenger enlisted in Company D of the 93rd Illinois Infantry. In February 1863, he was assigned to the U. S. Army Signal Corps. Pittenger contracted small pox one month later but resumed duties in April and participated in the siege of Vicksburg and, later, in Sherman's march to the sea. He mustered out with his regiment in June, 1865. In 1867, Pittenger married Ella Shafer (1850-1899); the couple would have five children. In 1879, the Pittengers moved from Illinois to Wichita, Kansas, where William Pittenger became a prominent farmer. A member of the I. O. O. F., Pittenger served as a member of the local school board and as a township trustee. He died in 1896, and is buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

History of the State of Kansas(Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1883).
"Civil War Diary Bares Vivid Story" - Wichita Eagle Magazine,January 6, 1957.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2001_064_PittengerWilliam_Diary

William J. Pittenger Diary (Ms2001-064)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2001-064_PittengerWilliamJ_Diary_1863
Dates: 1863-01-01/1864-11-26

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