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Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

Adelrich Steinach

(1826 - 1892)

Home State: New York

Education: U of Freiburg, U of Munich

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 103rd New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He was educated in Switerland and Germany, receiving his doctoral degree in Strassburg (Strasbourg) and passing examinations to be a physician in St. Gall, Switzerland in about 1854. He emigrated to America in 1855 and established a practice in Paterson, NJ. He relocated to New York City about 1857.

On 11 December 1861, then age 34, he enlisted in New York City as Private, Company C, 103rd New York Infantry. He was promoted Assistant Surgeon to date from 27 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Regiment in Maryland and treated wounded soldiers at a field hospital after action on South Mountain on 14 September. He rejoined his regiment about two weeks later.

The rest of the War

He was in action again at Fredericksburg, VA in December. He was promoted Surgeon 24 January 1865 and mustered out with his regiment on 17 March 1865.

After the War

He resumed his medical practice in New York City. In 1889 he published History and Accomplishments of the Swiss Settlements in the United States (from the original German language title).

References & notes

His service from Phisterer1 and the MSHWR,2 which have him as Adalrich Steinach. Details from a sketch in Prominent Americans of Swiss Origin (1932). His birth or baptismal name, from family genealogists, was probably Severinus Adelrich Steinach.


04/26/1826; Uznach, St. Gall, SWITZERLAND


08/25/1892; Brooklyn, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 4, pg. 3216  [AotW citation 19756]

2   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Part. 1, Vol. 1, Appendix, pp. 108, 134  [AotW citation 19757]