(1824 - 1908)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
He was an early settler at Ceresco (now Ripon in Fond du Lac County), Wisconsin Territory - one of the original 19 who established that communal farming settlement in May 1844. On 24 November 1847, then a 23 year old laborer, he enlisted in Milwaukee as a Private in Company E, 15th United States Infantry for Mexican War service. He mustered out on 6 August 1848. He married in Caldwell County, TX in 1851.
On 23 March 1862, now a 37 year old farmer in Bastrop County, TX with 8 young children at home, he enlisted as a Private in Company B, 4th Texas Infantry.
On the Campaign
He was in action with his Company at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was in hospitals in Richmond in October 1862, then back with his Company. He was a Corporal when he deserted while at his post near Dandridge, TN on 18 January 1864; took an oath of allegiance to the United States at Knoxville, TN on 29 January and was released. He probably had further service, however, in Bell County, TX in 1864, as a member of Captain Rather's Company (designated Company B, 4th Texas Cavalry).
After the War
In 1880 he was farming in Bell County and by 1900 was living in town in Kileen with his youngest child, daughter Rhoda Cornelia Lou, and her family. He received a US invalid veteran's pension of $20 a month for his Mexican War service from April 1907 until his death at age 83 in 1908.
References & notes
Texas service information from Davis1 and from his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. His US service from the Registers.3 Personal details from the Bell County Historical Commission Newsletter (Summer 2011), the Wisconsin Magazine of History (Vol. 5, 1921-22), family genealogists, and the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Ann Elizabeth Lentz (1833-1895) in June 1851 and they had 20 children in 21 years, including 3 sets of twins.
09/22/1824; Plattsburg, NY
08/16/1908; Kileen, TX; burial in Sharp Cemetery, Killeen, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 150 - 152 [AotW citation 1671]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 26606]
3 US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 47, pg. 95 [AotW citation 26607]