(1838 - 1900)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 12th Alabama Infantry
He emigrated to Alabama in 1854 and was a bookkeeper in Mobile. On 27 May 1861 at age 22 he mustered as Corporal, Company C, 12th Alabama Infantry. He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 December and elected First Lieutenant at the reorganization of 28 April 1862. He was promoted to Captain on 24 May 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the abdomen in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He returned to duty in January 1863. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA in May 1863 and was promoted to Major of the Regiment to date from 15 January. He was wounded again, slightly, at Gettysburg, PA in July, where he commanded the regiment as senior officer present.
I can see him now, in mental view, as he nobly carried himself at Gettysburg, standing coolly and calmly, with a cigar in his mouth, at the head of the 12th Alabama amid a perfect rain of bullets, shot and shell. He was the personification of intrepid gallantry, of imperturbable courage.
He was wounded for the fourth time, in the neck, at Spotsylvania, VA in May 1864 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps in January 1865, serving in Alabama to the end of the War.
After the War
He went to St. Louis and was a merchant, prominent in the Jewish community there.
References & notes
Service from the Alabama Civil War Service Database.1 Details in Robert N. Rosen's The Jewish Confederates (2012), source also of the quote above, from Captain Robert Park of the 12th to Proskauer's widow Julia in a letter at the Major's death in 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from the photograph in the Alabama Archives.2
11/11/1838; Breslau, GERMANY
12/13/1900; St. Louis, MO; burial in New Mount Sinai Cemetery and Mausoleum, Affton, MO
1 State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=164069 [AotW citation 20080]
2 State of Alabama, State Archives, and Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, director, and staff, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Published c.2000, first accessed 08 July 2005, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/index.html>, Source page: /cdm/singleitem/collection/photo/id/5154/rec/1 [AotW citation 20081]