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Confederate (CSV)


William Kunhardt Bachman

(1830 - 1901)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: College of Charleston

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: German (SC) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

He was son of the prominent pastor of Charleston's St John's Lutheran Church, Dr. John Bachman. The Rev. Dr Bachman was also a scientist and an associate of naturalist John James Audubon. After graduating in Charleston he went to the University of Gottingen in Germany and was there for 3 years. He returned to Charleston, studied the law, and practiced briefly there. He moved to Columbia, SC in 1858.

He recruited and trained a company of mostly German-speakers in Charleston in 1861 and they became Bachman's German Battery, Hampton Legion.

On the Campaign

He commanded his battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He served with the battery to the end of the war.

After the War

He practiced law in Columbia, SC and was assistant Attorney General of South Carolina (1876-1888).

References & notes

His service from the Roll1 and the index to his Compiled Service Records. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of memorial announcements in The State of 30 and 31 October 1901.


11/23/1830; Charleston, SC


10/29/1901; Columbia, SC; burial in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Cemetery, Columbia, SC


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Bachman's Battery, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 25399]