Colonel William H. Jacobs [Wilhelm Heinrich
Jacobs] was a court clerk in Milwaukee before the war. He was slightly
wounded at Chancellorsville, May 2, 1863. William resigned on January 11,
1864. He became president of the Fifth Ward branch of the Second Ward Savings
Bank. Other duties were: president of the Milwaukee Musikverein; treasurer
of Brewers' Protective Insurance Co.; director of Bank of Commerce. William
was elected to state Senate as Democrat in 1875 and was elected to state
senate in 1875 and 1876. He sang as tenor in operas. He also was a founding
member and first president of Twenty-Sixth Regiment Association formed
Colonel William H. Jacobs, at Milwaukee, Sep. 11th, in his fifty first year. He was born in Holzen, Germany, Nov. 26th, 1831; he came to the United States in 1850, and after a short residence in St. Louis, - settled in Milwaukee in 1851, and became a banker. He was at one time clerk of the Milwaukee county court; commanded the Twenty-sixth Regiment of Wisconsin volunteers, participating in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wauhatchee, and other engagements, and was severely wounded. He served a term in the State senate in 1875-76. He was a large landowner in northern Wisconsin and Michigan, and left a large estate. He was very popular and greatly lamented.
Wisconsin Historical Collections #10 - pg. 487, by Draiper Democrat Printing Co., of Madison.
Photo #1, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison
A full sitting view of Col. William H. Jacobs, 26th Regt., Wisc. Vol. Inf.
U. S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Pa. 17013