Monday, November 16, 2015

Bernard Husam, German-born Civil War Soldier

   Bernard was born as Johann Bernard Husam near Albersloh, Germany on February 7, 1825. His parents were Johann Theodore Husam and Catharina Husam. He claims to have immigrated to the United States in 1855. Bernard received his citizenship papers on November 3, 1860 at the courthouse in Quincy, Illinois. He lived on a farm in rural Gilmer Township, Adams County. After he retired, he and his wife, Elizabeth Jacobskötter Husam, moved into town and lived on Lind Street in Quincy about 1899. Bernard died in Quincy on January 16, 1909.

    Bernard enlisted in the Union army on September 22, 1864 in Quincy; he enrolled in the service at Springfield on October 14, 1864. He served in the Civil War until May 18, 1865; the muster-out roll is dated June 4, 1865. The war had ended on April 9 with Robert E Lee’s surrender. Bernard was a member Company F, 10th Illinois Infantry Regiment. According to a history of the 10th Illinois Infantry, they were a part of General Sherman’s attack on Atlanta, Georgia and his subsequent March to the Sea and then up through the Carolinas. At this point, I can only assume Bernard was in the March to the Sea and the Carolina campaign. He was not enlisted in time to be a part of the attack of Atlanta. His muster roll documents indicate “present” for November, 1864-June, 1865. 

This concludes the series of paternal ancestors who served this country in the military. I'm certain there are others; they will come to light as the research proceeds. Hopefully, next Veterans Day there will be more to add to the list. Hope you have enjoyed reading about our martial forebearers! 

Next: A special tribute to conclude this Veterans Day project.

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