Colonel Bertine Pinckney was born in New York City, April 26, 1824. In 1847 he removed to the village of Rosendale, Fond du Lac Co. He became active in Whig Party politics and served one term in the Assembly and two terms in the Senate. He also was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor on the first ticket put in nomination by the Republican Party, in 1853. In 1861 he enlisted in the Third Wisconsin Infantry and was appointed Major of that regiment. After fighting in the Shenandoah campaign he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and in the summer of 1862, was commisioned Colonel of the . His appointment was , but soon thereafter he was afflicted with a stroke and on December 6, 1862, he resigned his commission and returned to Wisconsin. After the war he moved to Kansas.