Private Henry Scheffen, Company F.



From The Soldier's and Citizen's Album, pg. 347, 348.

Henry Scheffen, of Oconto, Wis., and a member of G. A. R. Post No. 74, was born April 2, 1835, in Prussia. His father was John Scheffen, also a Prussian by birth, as well as the mother, Mary Scheffen. After be came to America he located at Oconto where he was occupied as a farm hand until he enlisted. He enrolled at Oconto Oct. 26, 1861, in Company F 12th Wisconsin Infantry. From the camp of rendezvous at Madison he proceeded to join the army at the front and went to Weston, Mo., then went with his regiment to Kansas City, and Fort Leavenworth. He went from there to Fort Scott and back to Fort Leavenworth and next to Columbus, Ky. From there he marched to Humboldt, Tenn., where the command was regularly assigned and went to Memphis. In the southward movement of Grant, the regiment moved forward, but were cut off at Holly Springs and compelled to return. Starting again from Memphis, they went down the river to Vicksburg, and reached Natchez, where they remained two weeks before going to Wicksburg. After the capture of the city, the 12th went to fight at Jackson and went again to Natchez. January 2nd, 1864, Mr. Scheffen re-enlisted and received his veteran's furlough. He returned to Wisconsin, and received an extension on account of sickness. He joined his regiment again at Kenesaw Mountain and went thence to the siege of Atlanta. Mr. Scheffen was in the pursuit of the rebels after the fall of Atlanta and after compassing, 30 miles, returned. Supplies and clothing were needed and, after reconstruction in both respects, the regiment went on the march to Savannah. Previous to the surrender of Savannah they were on short rations, receiving sometimes only a little rice and sometimes were without salt. After the evacuation of Savannah they took possession of the city and received a Christmas dinner from people of distinction. Their next movement was to Beaufort Island, S. C., and they went thence to Orangeburg, which they took after a wearisome march through cypress swamps. They went next to Columbia, skirmishing at Cheraw and Fayetteville. They were attacked by rebel artillery at Columbia and had to wait until their own came up, and after the first shot they disabled the rebel gun and were masters of the situation. They, had been promised 24 hours liberty after the taking of the city and they received the time as recreation from the discipline of army life, and they had a jubilee. In their progress they destroyed the railroad and started for Richmond and Washington, again doing heavy marching and were in the Grand Review at the capital city of the United States. From there they went in June to Louisville for discharge July 16, l865.

Since his return to Wisconsin, Mr. Scheffen has been engaged in farming. He was married Oct. 28, 1865, to Augusta Dupee, a native of Belgium. Their children are Charles, Joseph, Frank, John and Minnie.