Private Christian Heidenwerth, Company F.



From The Soldier's and Citizen's Album, pg. 348, 349.

Christian Heidenwerth, a resident of Peshtigo, Wis., was born December 25, 1842, in Weimar, Germany, and he is the son of Joseph and Sophy (Snuckle) Heidenwerth, who removed from Germany to America in 1856, landed at the port of New York, going thence to Niagara Falls, and in 1859 removed to Peshtigo; the son has since resided it Peshtigo and has been in the employ of the Peshtigo Lumbering Company, operating in the woods in the winter and in the mills of the company, in summer. He married Albertina Lenz, and their children are named Alice, Charles and George.

October 15th, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, 12th Wisconsin Infantry, at Peshtigo, for three years. January 1st, 1864, he was discharged at Hebron, Miss., in order to veteranize in the same regiment. He left the State with the command and was first under orders to proceed to Fort Scott to go with Lane's "South West Expedition." This was the beginning of the severe marching for which the regiment was conspicuous throughout the first months of its service. In 1863, the command took position in the trenches of Vicksburg under the, guns of the besieged city, and went thence to, Jackson and after the evacuation of that place, returned to Vicksburg. From thence to Natchez, to Harrisburg, La., to Vicksburg, from, there to Natchez, from there to Vicksburg, and into camp at Hebron, a few mile's from the city, outlines Mr. H's history to the beginning of 1864. In February he was in the Meridian expedition during which he was involved in several skirmishes, and, in the destruction of several towns. He returned to Vicksburg and in March took his veteran's furlough. He returned in April, reaching Tennessee about the Middle of the month, to march nearly 300 miles, joining the Army of the Tennessee in June. The movement called the Atlanta campaign commenced her and the 12th Wisconsin took position preparatory to the battles of Kennesaw Mountain. Mr. H. fought at Bald Hill, and in the first day's action at Atlanta, July 21, 1864, was severely wounded, and was, sent from the field hospital to Marietta, Ga. where a wound in his held detained him about a month; he rejoined his command and went, through to the sea with Sherman, participating the varied operations of the "Grand March' After the Grand Review at Washington, he returned to Louisville, Ky., and was finally discharged July 16, 1865. During his service he contracted typhoid fever at Vicksburg and was sent to the general hospital at Keokuk, Ia., where he remained about three months. (See sketch of David Heidenwerth). 'Charles and Augusta' (Elveniger) Lenz, parents of Mrs. Heidenwerth, were Germans, and she is a native of "Der Faderland."