William Knospe
 Co K, 14th WI Infantry
 
William Knospe, also spelled Knuespa and Knosper, was born in Sulten, Germany on May 1, 1828.  He emigrated to the U.S. at age 25 in 1853, alone.  His sister, brother-in-law, Mother and younger brother, Christian, followed at different times.  William and his brother moved to the Ahnapee area to farm, his sister, her husband and mother lived in Manitowoc.  In 1869, William married Ann Weichman, a widow with one daughter, in Milwaukee.  They returned to Ahnapee to the rental farm.  Three boys were born to them before William was drafted to serve in the Civil War on October 3, 1864.  Both he and his brother, Christian, were mustered into Co K of the 14th WI regiment.  By order of Brig. Gen. Ligget, they were “temporarily” assigned to Co I, 17th WI regiment.  They participated in Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ and were mustered out in Louisville, Kentucky on 14 July, 1865.
     In 1870 William moved to Manitowoc Rapids with his family where he built a cream colored brick home on the then Green Bay Road, now County Road R.  They cleared virgin land and farmed until his retirement.  His daughter and son-in-law purchased the farm and William and family moved to the Chicago area where some of his other children were.  He is buried in “Shermerville” a suburb of Chicago when he died on June 3, 1912.  The homestead remained in the family over 100 years and has been continuously occupied there since it was built.
 

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