26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, 
Company I Photograph

This photograph of members of Company I was probably taken in Milwaukee,Wisconsin shortly after the 26th Regiment was officially mustered into service on the 17th of September 1862. From left to right are: Jacob Stauff who enlisted as a Private on the 12th of August 1862; George P. Traumer who enlisted in Company I as its First Sergeant on the 20th of August; John Orth, selected as a Second Lieutenant in Company I on the 10th of September; and, Private Philip Waldorf and Corporal John Koege (Kegie) enlisted on the 15th of August. When John Orth is wounded at Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia during the Spring of 1863, George P. Traumer will become a Second Lieutenant. George Traumer and Jacob Stauff will be the only people in this photograph to be mustered out of Company I (Wenze Guard) at the end of the war in 1865.

 Write-up by Robert Kadlec