William (Wilhelm) Hexamer(1825 - 1870)
Home State: New Jersey
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: New Jersey Light Artillery, Battery A
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Born in Germany, he is mentioned as one of the "Forty-Eighters" - revolutionaries of 1848 in Europe, many of whom fled to the US.
"Served as a Major in the pre-War New Jersey Militia, Hudson Artillery battery (which was made up of mostly German immigrants). When the war broke out, he immediately offered his militia artillery for service in the Federal Army, but was initially turned down by Regular Army officers who distrusted militia units. After the Union failure at the Battle of First Bull Run proved that the War would not be short, his offer was accepted and his battery was mustered in on August 18, 1861 as Battery A, 1st New Jersey Light Artillery"
(from Russ Dodge, at Find-a-grave)
The remainder of the War:
He was mustered out of Federal service on August 18, 1864 at the end of his Battery's 3 year term.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: Hochbruck, Wolfgang (compiler), "Forty-Eighters" in the Union Armies: A Preliminary Checklist - transcribed online. His obituary from the New York Times is online. Photograph above from Gregory Speciale, also posted on find-a-grave.
|Birth Date: 04/12/1825 Place of Birth: Koblenz, GERMANY |
Death Date: 4/25/1870 Burial Place: Grove Church Cemetery, N. Bergen, NJ
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