Wenzel Kerscher

Company K, 7th WI

Wenzel Kerscher was born in June 1833 in Bavaria, Germany.  He immigrated to the United States through Buffalo in 1852, settling in the town of Kossuth in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  On July 23, 1860 he married Theresia Pankratz.   They had two children when Wenzel was drafted in Dec. 1864, Anna and Wolfgang, with a third child, Wencel, expected in the coming year.   Wenzel fought in battles at Hatcher’s Run, Gravelly Run and Five Forks, all part of the campaign of trench warfare that became known as the Siege of Petersburg.  He was mustered out on July 3, 1865, after the war had ended.  In January 1870, Wenzel’s son Anton was born and his wife died shortly after from complications of childbirth.  In June, 1870, Wenzel married again, this time to Theresia Stauber.  They had eight children: Mary, Theresa, Katharina, Louis, Rose, Sophia, Bertha, and lastly, in 1890, my grandfather Frank.  Wenzel was a farmer all his life.  He died on November 13, 1915 and is buried in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Kossuth (Francis Creek).

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