William Boltzendohl,

Company A, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Great Grandfather of Janet Haws


     William Boltzendohl was born in October 1832 in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.  He immigrated to the United States through Buffalo in 1852, settling in the village of Manitowoc in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  On August 21, 1854 he married Johanna Winkelman Kohs and in 1856 purchased a farm in the Town of Kossuth.  
     They had three children when Wenzel was drafted in Sept. 1864, Albert (my great-grandfather), Mary and Minnie.  William fought with his company in battles at Atlanta, GA and at Argyle Island near Savannah in Sherman’s March to the Sea, then at Averysboro, Bentonville and other locations in the Carolinas until the surrender of the Confederate forces on April 26, 1865.  He was mustered out after the end of the war, on June 9, 1865. 
     William returned home to the farm and he and Johanna had three more children: Augusta, William and Anton.  Johanna died in 1879.  In 1886 William sold his farm to his son Albert (my great-grandfather), and lived there with Albert’s family until the early 1900s. 
     William then went to live with his daughter Augusta in Milwaukee.  William was intensely patriotic and proud of his service in the Civil War.  In October 1904 he entered Soldier’s Home, where he died on July 24, 1911.  He is buried in Wood National Cemetery in one of the oldest section amongst his civil war comrades.


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