Kentucky's German Americans in the Civil War

Photos of German-Americans of the

6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S.

Quartermaster Michael Billing, one of original organizers of the regiment

Photo from the Louisville Anzeiger  


John Daeuble, a native of Muelheim am Bach in Württemberg, Germany, resided in Louisville and rose from Private to 1st Sergeant in Company E, mortally wounded at the Battle of Pickett's Mill on May 27, 1864.

Courtesy of Gus Daeuble

Henry Altfeltis,wearing a G.A.R. Medal. A private in Company I, he was severely wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. Courtesy of John A. Altfeltis 


Frank Dienst,Company G, a private from Louisville. wounded at Missionary Ridge, Nov. 25, 1863 
Courtesy of Donna Broster
Matthew Herth, Company E,
a private from Louisville,
wounded Sept. 19, 1863 at the Battle of Chickamauga. 
Courtesy of Joe Herth

 Sgt. John Nichter, Company E, 

 a resident of Louisville and a native of Doerrmbach, Bavarian Rhineland,

Discharged 10/6/62 for Disability
Louisville Anzeiger

 Victor Stein, a native of Melle, Hannover, Germany, resided in Louisville, and served as Commissary Sgt.

Jacob Heilman,Company H, a private from Lockport.
His brother John also served in Company H. (Image coming)

(Image coming) 

Jacob Heilman,Company H, a private from Lockport.
His brother John also served in Company H.


 Henry Wulf, Company G, a private from Louisville, served full three-year enlistment 

Courtesy of Steve Jones


Capt. August Schweitzer, Company E

Courtesy of Janice Toebbe

 2nd. Lt. Adolph Reutlinger, Company E

 2nd. Lt. Adolph Reutlinger, Company E

Cpl. Henry Boheim, Company E

Sgt. Simon Rehm, Company E

Cpl. Rudolph Egg (Switzerland), Company E 


Louisville German in the 22nd Ky. Vol. Inf. Regt.

Leonhard Fensterer, Company K, a private from Louisville.
Served three years
Courtesy of Filson Historical Society (Image coming)

German in Louisville Provost Guard

Anton Hodapp, Pvt. Co. A
Served from Oct. 3, 1861–Oct. 3, 1862
A native of Stadelhofen in Baden
Louisville Anzeiger, June 27, 1909. (Image coming)



                Kentucky German in the 15th Ky. Vol. Inf. Regt.

Capt. Abraham Rothchild, Company B, Southville, Shelby County, Ky.
a native of Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
wounded July 9, 1864 at Chatthoochee River in Georgia.
Photo Courtesy of Fred Joseph


Cpl. Andreas Zangmeister, Company I, Cincinnati. Ohio.
a native of Klingermunster, Bavaria,Germany
Served three years.
Photo Courtesy of Bob      Zangmeister


 Louisville German in the 28th Ky. Vol. Inf. Regt.

Maj. George W. Barth, a native of Bavaria.
Photo Courtesy of Norma Jenkins


                      A Louisville German in the

                 68th New York Infantry Regiment

1st Lt. Bertram Heinrich Karl Muetze traveled from his home in Louisville, Kentucky to New York City and enlisted in the 68th New York Infantry on August 16, 1861 while Kentucky was still neutral. The 68th was also known as the "Cameron Rifles" and the "2nd German Rifle Regiment."

Muetze was born at Marburg, in the Electorate of Hessen (Kurhessen) in 1837. He fought in both the Eastern and Western theaters and was a flag bearer for his regiment in the battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded and captured fighting in von Gilsa's brigade of Barlow's 11th Corps division. His unit was transferred to Tennessee in October 1863. He mustered out on November 30, 1865 and returned to Louisville.

Courtesy of Barbara M. Sutton

Louisville German in the 54th Ky. Vol. Inf. Regt.

Dr. Frederic C. Leber, Surgeon, Louisville.
A native of Bad-Ems in Hessen-Nassau
Served from Sept. 28, 1864–Sept. 1, 1865
Louisville Anzeiger, June 27, 1909.


 Louisville Germans in the 9th Ohio Vol. Inf. Regt.

Pvt. Anton Kurtzleb, Company B, 9th Ohio Infantry Regiment

Wounded at Chickamauga Sept. 19, 1863 and Missionary Ridge Nov. 25, 1863, left arm amputated, Mustered out May 27, 1864. Photo courtesy of Paul Reese.

Eduard Stremmel, Born Minden, Westphalia (part of Prussia); mustered out after three years.
Photp Courtesy of Cincinnati Central Turners

Louisville Germans in the 32nd Indiana Infantry

Capt. Adolph Metzger, Company K
served three years.
Capt. Urlan, Company D
Surgeon Charles J. Fischer

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Metzner Collection

1st Lt. Charles A. Wolfe, Company

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Metzner Collection

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