Ludwig Lange

Co. F, 6th Wisconsin Infantry

Great Great Grandfather of

LuAnn Galow Williams

Ludwig (Louis) Lange was born in Germany on the 18th of February 1836.  In 1855, he emigrated to the United States with his sister Anna and his brothers Michael and Samuel and began farming in Bloomfield, WI.  Louis married Henrietta Kopiske on May 23, 1861 and the Lord generously blessed them with 12 children.  While Louis's brother Michael volunteered to serve as part of the 12th Wisconsin Light Artillery on April 1, 1862, Louis continued farming and creating more farmlands with his wife Anna.

Louis did not escape the Civil War, however.  He was drafted into service as one of the 450 men who were drafted to replace casualties.  He joined Company F of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry on November 2, 1864.  Louis was in good company with his comrades in Company F.  It was comprised of many German men from Milwaukee who would make good companions for the emigrant from Germany.  

Serving in the Civil War was probably very difficult for Louis.  He was a devout Christian and killing was against his beliefs.  The men of the 6th Wisconsin had been bestowed the nickname the "Iron Brigade" by Major General George McClellan, who said this group of soldiers was equal to the best troops in the world.

Although Louis only served 8 months, these months were grueling in battle and historic in nature.  In April of 1865, Louis took part in the Appomattox Campaign.  In this battle, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, bringing the Civil War to an end.

On May 23, 1865, the brave men of the 6th Wisconsin paraded at the Grand Review before President Andrew Johnson in  Washington, DC.  He mustered out of service on July 14, 1865.

Louis lived until June 29, 1917.  He was 81 years old.  He is buried under a beautiful old Oak tree at Oakwood Cemetery in Weyauwega, Wisconsin.

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