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Federal (USV)


Otto Schorse

(1837 - ?)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a druggist from age 15 in his native city before emigrating to America in 1857. Still a druggist, by then in Milwaukee, he enlisted in Company F, 6th Wisconsin Infantry on 10 May 1861, and was First Sergeant. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 11 December 1861 and First Lieutenant on 16 July 1862. He was appointed Quartermaster of the Regiment on 31 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He also served as Brigade Quartermaster on the Campaign. He was promoted on 18 September 1862 from Regimental Quartermaster to Captain of Company F, on the death of Captain von Bachelle.

The rest of the War

He resigned on 28 August 1863.

After the War

He was a druggist in Milwaukee, and was running his own store - Schorse & Company - by 1865 and at least until 1894.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Wisconsin1. Details from his 1864 marriage certificate online from the Milwaukee Public Library, and a profile in History of Milwaukee Biographies (1881), indexed online by Ellen M. Rohr.

More on the Web

See the story of an explosion in his drug store in 1879 from the Milwaukee Sentinel of 28 June 1879.


08/10/1837; Braunschweig, GERMANY


1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 494 - 497  [AotW citation 10256]