Principal Musician Gottfried Luther.
Gottfried Luther was the principal musician and Drum Major of the
26th Wisconsin Regiment in 1862. He is mentioned several times in the
Milwaukee Sentinel, before the war as being a local constable and after the
war for having been sentenced for vagrancy. His pension records indicate
that he was with the 26th throughout its existence except May-Aug, 1863 (he
was wounded at Chancellorsville) and June, ’64-April ’65 (he was in
hospitals in Bridgeport, Al and Louisville, Ky. He was with the unit for
the final muster in Washington, DC.
On 3 Nov, 1886 his wife, Caroline, age
44, applied for a widow’s pension when no child under sisteen years of age
survives. He “was wounded by the explosion of a bomb shell in the back of
his head and left shoulder at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va on the 1st
day of May 1863, said wounds causing his death on the 17th day of November,
1876. Her maiden name was Caroline Klein. They were married in Milwaukee
on 11 Oct 1850 by Clinton Walworth.
Source: National Archives