Winchester Bryon Rudy was born March 27, 1840 in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky. He enlisted in Company "C" of the 16th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry on August 10, 1861 and served in the army until January 27, 1865 when he was discharged. The 16th Kentucky Volunteer regiment was mustered-into U.S. service on January 27, 1862. In January 1864 Rudy was reassigned to the 13th Kentucky, 23rd Army Corps for which he served in a Division headquarters position until his discharge. He then returned to Maysville where he lived until his death on February 27, 1920. He is buried in the Maysville and Mason County Cemetery.
From October 17, 1861 until June 17, 1864, Sgt. Rudy maintained a daily diary which is now in the possession of his great grandson, Harry T. Voige. It traces his travels from Maysville through eastern and central Kentucky, to eastern Tennessee, and then to northern Georgia. Sample entries from that diary have been donated to the University of Kentucky and scanned versions can be found at the following link:
Winchester Byron Rudy Civil War Diary
October 17, 1861 - June 17, 1864