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Frederick Charles Winkler (March 15, 1838 – March 22, 1921) was a lieutenant colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War who was nominated and confirmed for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general in 1866.


Winkler was born on March 15, 1838 in Bremen, Germany.[1] He died on March 22, 1921 in Los Angeles, California and is buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Winkler served on the staffs of Franz Sigel and future U.S. Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz. He was then assigned to the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment as a captain on September 17, 1862.[2] He was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863.[2] He was promoted to major on December 1, 1863 and lieutenant colonel on July 8, 1864.[2] He received an appointment as brevet colonel to rank from June 15, 1865, preliminary to his appointment as a brevet brigadier general of volunteers.[2][3] On January 13, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Winkler for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865, and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on March 12, 1866.[4]


  1. "Frederick Charles Winkler". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. p. 575.
  3. His confirmation date as brevet colonel was almost certainly before his confirmation date as brevet brigadier general despite the later rank date.
  4. Eicher, 2001, p. 761.

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