(c. 1840 - 1914)
Home State: Indiana
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry
He came to America in 1857, and on 12 September 1861, by then a 21 year old farmer in Jasper, mustered as Private, Company K, 27th Indiana Infantry. He was promoted to Sergeant on 15 January 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a piece of shell to the right shoulder in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded again, slightly, at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was reduced in rank to Private on 26 August 1863 and mustered out on 22 September 1864.
After the War
He was a member of the Jasper, IN town Board 1868-72, being treasurer in the last year. He married Sophia Huber (also of Germany) in San Francisco in 1875. He was in St. Helena in the Napa Valley of California by 1878 and ran the Grand Hotel there. He was also making wine by 1885 at the Olive Hill winery, and ran a distillery. He produced as many as 80,000 gallons of wine a year. He was still growing grapes to at least 1905.
References & notes
c. 1840 in GERMANY
07/20/1914; Sacramento, CA; burial in Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery, Yountville, CA
1 Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 624 [AotW citation 18799]