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Theodore James "Teddy Boy" Hilgers
Birth: Jan. 22, 1843
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia
Death: Aug. 30, 1862
Rutherford County
Tennessee, USA

Company F, Regiment 10

NOVEMBER, 2015: I have further paperwork, letters and photographs of Teddy Boy and his service/family history; please privately request the information and I will be happy to share it with you. =)

UPDATED 13, APRIL 2013: I have recently come into possession of most of Teddy's Civil War papers (copies of them, rather), and I have updated and corrected the information on this page, accordingly; however, there is a great deal more to go through and decipher, including the new information that all of Teddy's papers state that he was "assassinated by rebel guerillas", the papers showing that his mother Gertrude fought for her son's benefits after his death, the proof that Teddy's father had in fact already died in 1848, before the family ever left Prussia - I will keep updating and correcting as I sort through this, and any relatives with ANY verified knowledge of this gentleman - PLEASE CONTACT ME! Thank You!

UPDATED JANUARY 4, 2014: I have just received a message with downloaded images of paperwork showing Teddy's birthdate as January 22, 1843 - this would make him age 18 at the time of his death.

Please click on the image of Teddy for full description of photo and circumstances - I am always more than willing to welcome comments and corrections!!!

I have now discovered documentation that Theodore was one of my great-great grandfather Michael William's brothers; this makes him my great-great uncle, and I am presently working on verifying information about his parents, Johann and Gertrude.

'Teddy Boy' mustered into the Civil War at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 5, 1861; he joined at Potosi, Wisconsin, according to the document at right. New paperwork states that Teddy Boy volunteered for a three year service; the fact that he was born outside the United States either does not seem to matter during this specific time in history, or Teddy kept this information to himself.

He is 18 years old at this point, and so we can estimate his birth year as 1843.

Teddy Boy has remained vivid in a family line which did not seem to keep many records at all, due to his death. He was 'shot in the back' while riding atop a train, either as the train was moving very slowly down the track, or while it was stopped and loading - I would assume that this means either coal, etc. or other soldiers.

I am also posting the casualty sheet noting Teddy Boy's death - I literally just came across it, minutes ago, as I was working on this page. =) You will be able to note my own mother's handwriting across the top, trying to identify Teddy Boy as "next oldest to brother, Mike". I have not been able to get too far with that notation, yet.

I do not know whether Teddy Boy was sent home - very doubtful - or whether his remains are buried/traceable in any way. 
Body lost or destroyed
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Record added: Jul 20, 2012
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Theodore James Teddy Boy Hilgers
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Theodore James Teddy Boy Hilgers
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Theodore James Teddy Boy Hilgers
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