(1824 - 1879)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 103rd New York Infantry
A 26 year old merchant, he arrived in New York City from Le Havre, France on 14 February 1850 aboard the packet ship Bavaria. He was probably coming from his home in Gruningen in Wuerttemberg, Germany.
On 20 August 1862, then age 38, he enlisted in New York City for three years and mustered as Private in Company A, 103rd New York Infantry the next day.
On the Campaign
Less than a month after enlisting he was wounded by gunshot to his back in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was initially treated at a field hospital near the battlefield, then, on 28 September, sent to a US Army hospital in Fredrick, MD. On the 30th he was transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He was discharged for wounds on 15 November 1862 in New York City.
After the War
He became a naturalized US citizen in New York in 1866. He later lived in Milwaukee, WI. In May 1879, by then a resident at the "Old Soldier's Home" (National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) in Milwaukee, he was out walking along or near a viaduct, reportedly under the influence of liquor, and fell from an abutment of the viaduct and struck his head on a sharp stone. He died shortly afterward from the resulting skull fracture, age 54.
References & notes
His service from the NY Adjutant General,1 who has him as Alvis Zwick. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 2 as J. Zwick. Details from family genealogists and the Bavaria's passenger list (online from FamilySearch, login required). Birth information from his Christening record. Death detail from coroner's inquest results in the Milwaukee Daily News of 15 May 1879. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
08/10/1824; Gruningen, Wuerttemberg, GERMANY
05/12/1879; Wauwatosa, WI; burial in Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI
1 State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1902, Ser. No. 33, pg. 878 [AotW citation 19796]
2 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #652 [AotW citation 19797]