Private David Heidenwerth, Company F.



From The Soldier's and Citizen's Album, pg. 244.

David Heidenwerth, a resident of Peshtigo, Wis., was born June 3, 1838, in Germany, His parents, John and Sophie (Snuckle) Heidenwerth, were natives of the old country and there passed their entire lives. The father is still living, aged 90 years. Mr. Heidenwerth was 20 years old when be came to America and be made his first location in the State of New York. In 1860 he removed to Peshtigo where he has since resided and has undergone all the vicissitudes which the very name of Peshtigo suggests. He is the owner of a fine farm, located on section -22, of Town 30, North, Range 22, East.

Oct. 15, 1861, be enlisted in Company F, 12th Wisconsin Infantry at Peshtigo for three years and was promoted to Corporal in 1864, having been discharged in March, 1863, at Hebron, Miss., in order to enable him to enlist as a veteran in the same command. He accompanied the regiment throughout its march (heavier than any other Wisconsin regiment endured) and fought in many battles and skirmishes. He passed a single day in the hospital when ill with measles. Company F was called "River Sackers" on account of the previous occupation of many of its members and left the State with the regiment, going to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. During the first year the command performed its interminable marching under orders. In 1863 they took position in front of Vicksburg. They were in the siege there and fought in the second battle at Jackson. They passed through the experiences at Harrisonburg, La., went thence to Natchez, and Vicksburg, Big Black River, Vicksburg again and also Natchez and back to Vicksburg, and then on the Meridian expedition. They fought at Bolton and later joined the command of Sherman to the sea. Mr. H. fought at Kenesaw Mountain in the several fights under that name, at Bald Hill where the command covered itself with honor, at Atlanta and Jonesboro. He was in the defense of Chattanooga, fought at Pocotaligo, and Orangeburg and he was present at the termination of activities at Bentonville. Thence he went to take part in the closing scenes at Washington and Louisville, Ky., to be discharged from the service.

Mr. Heidenwerth married Eliza their children are Carrie, Christ and Sophia.