F. C. BUERSTATTE,
(Charles) of Manitowoc, Wis., a member of G. A. R.. Post No. 18, was born
Sept. 12, 1846,near Elberfeldt, Germany. He was four years old when his
parents, Henry M and Mary (Meister) Buerstatte, removed from their native
land to Manitowoc and the son has passed his entire life, with the exception
of his soldier career in that place. He was still a boy when the assault
was made on the United States flag at Sumter and, as soon as possible,
enlisted as a soldier. He enrolled Feb. 12, 1864 at Manitowoc, in Company
F, 26th Wisconsin Infantry for three years. In June, 1865, he was transferred
to the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry and received final discharge July 20, 1865,
at Louisville, Ky. He joined the regiment as a recruit, making connection
with the command in time to participate m the battle of Resaca. He was
wounded in that action May 14th, 1864, and was one of the four men from
Company F, who were injured that day. He was not again in action until
the last battle in which the regiment participated at Bentonville, preceding
the surrender of Johnston. He went with the regiment through Richmond and
Virginia and to Washington, whence he proceeded to Louisville, Ky., with
others whose serv ice was unexpired, where he was mustered out as stated.
He returned to Manitowoc and obtained a situation in a drug store, acquiring a complete knowledge of the business which he has made his vocation in life, and in which he established himself in March, 1872.
He was married Sept. 20, 1871, to Augusta H. J. Generich of Manitowoc and they have four sons and four daughters: Julius H. C., Amanda M., Richard T., Fred W. Charles A. L., Zeralda H., Lillie J., Octavia A.
Soldier's and Citizen's Album of Biographical Records, Grand Army Publishing Co. 1888 (Wisconsin Edition) pg. 410