|Birth||Dec. 13, 1841|
|Death||April 13, 1931|
|Unit||62nd Ohio Infantry, Company C|
Private Richard D Skinner
Company A, 31st Ohio Infantry
Company C, 62nd Ohio Infantry
Company C, 67th Ohio Infantry
Skinner was born in Straitsville (Perry County), Ohio on December 13, 1841. Skinner served in 3 Ohio regiments during the Civil War. Initially, he enlisted and was mustered in Company A of the 31st Ohio Infantry on August 7, 1861. Skinner served 11 months before being discharged on July 12, 1862 for disability reasons.
He re-enlisted and was mustered in Company C of the 62nd Ohio Infantry on March 29, 1864. He served 17 months with the unit. During his enlistment with this regiment, the unit was involved in several major campaigns. Some of them include:
Operations against Petersburg and Richmond (VA) (June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865).
Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).
At Appomattox Court House (VA) (April 9, 1865) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.
The 62nd Ohio Infantry consolidated with the 67th Ohio Infantry on September 1, 1865. Skinner served 2 days with the new regiment. He was mustered out on September 3, 1865 at Columbus, Ohio.
Skinner died in Bridgeport, Nebraska on April 13, 1931 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Redington Cemetery in Redington (Morrill County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Weeks Post (#305) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Harrisburg, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Robinson Post (#350) of the GAR in Bayard, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.