(1843 - 1880)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
An 18 year old carpenter from Pottsville, he mustered into service on 19 September 1861 as Private, Company H, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was 5' 9" tall with light complexion and hair, and grey eyes.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.
The rest of the War
He reenlisted, date not given, and was again wounded, slightly, in the arm, in action in the Wilderness, VA on 6 May or at Spotsylvania, VA on 12 May 1864. He mustered out with his Company on 17 July 1865.
After the War
He died relatively young at about age 36.
References & notes
Basic information from Gould1 and Bates.2 Details from descriptive roll data posted online by John Hoptak on his excellent 48th Pennsylvania site, the source also of Ohnmacht's picture, from a CDV in John's collection. It was taken in Lexington, KY, at the Elrod Brothers Studio while the 48th was stationed there between April and September 1863. Thanks to GGGGranddaughter Donna de Vries-Hermansader for the pointer to Private Ohnmacht and his photograph. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
1880; burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pottsville, PA
1 Gould, Joseph, The Story of the Forty-eighth : a Record of the Campaigns of the Forty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry ..., Philadelphia: Regimental Association, 1908, pp. 90, 183, 445 [AotW citation 5479]
2 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 1229 [AotW citation 18167]