SHERIDAN – Chautauqua County Historian Michelle Henry will present a talk on Civil War figures Sarah and William Sinfield, who also tended the historic Dunkirk Lighthouse, at 7 p.m. Monday in Sheridan Community Center, Route 20. The event is sponsored by the Sheridan Historical Society.
Sarah Sinfield immigrated to Chautauqua County from England in 1854 and her husband was a Sheridan farm laborer attached to Company E of the 72nd Company durign the Civil War. Sarah remained with his regiment, treating the wounded as they were taken from the battlefield. On July 3, 1863, William Sinfield was shot in he knee during the Battle of Gettysburg. Sarah accompanied him to Portsmouth Grove Hospital in Rhode Island and worked as a nurse while her husband recovered. .
In 1874 William was appointed assistant lighthouse keeper at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. In 1882, Sarah applied for her own pension for service to the regiment During the three years that she served, she received no compensation. In 1884, by a special act of Congress, she was granted a pension of $15 per month.
Local historians hope to raise funds to purchase a veterans plaque for Sarah’s grave and have a dedication ceremony.