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Capt Johann Cristoph Hermann. "John" von Sehlen
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Birth: Oct. 19, 1829, Germany
Death: Jan. 5, 1894
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA

John (Johann Christoph Hermann (?)) was residing in Indianapolis, IN 7 Mar 1862 where he volunteered to be the First Captain of the 15th Indiana Light Artillery. The Unit were equipped with six new 3" Artillery Rifles. He was commissioned as captain on 5 Jul 1862. The first assignment of the unit was at Harper's Ferry, VA.

September 13, 1862 through September 15, 1862 the Garrison of eleven thousand soldiers joined with two thousand five hundred from another threatened oupost, were besieged by Confederate Forces under Stonewall Jackson as Lee marched into Maryland in what would culminate as the Battle of Antietam.

The Harpers Ferry contingent quickly was surrounded by the Confederates and bombarded by their artillery which had been successfully mounted on the high ground around them. The Union soldiers surrendered and were paroled, then sent to Camp Douglass, Chicago, a former Confederate Prisoner of War Camp. All equipment and horses were turned over to the Confederates after which the last unit of which, commanded by A.P. Hill, departed to arrive at Antietam in time to turn the Union left just as the Confederates were being driven into Sharpsburg, MD., preventing McClellan from victory.

After being relieved of Parole in November of 1863, the 15th Indiana was involved in the pursuit of Morgan, operations in Kentucky and Tennessee.

John resigned his commission in the 15th Indiana 9 May 1864.

He subsequently joined the 2nd Independent Wisconsin Light Artillery and served until the end of the war as a Lieutenant, in operations in Yorktown, VA, finally guarding prisoners at Point Lookout, MD until June 1865.

Family links: 
  Louise Bust von Sehlen (1839 - 1917)
  Kurt Hans von Sehlen (1879 - 1948)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Home Cemetery
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Section 10
Maintained by: Harvey Bell
Originally Created by: Nadeen Sobottka
Record added: Dec 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81846793
Capt Johann Cristoph Hermann. John von Sehlen
Added by: Nadeen Sobottka
Capt Johann Cristoph Hermann. John von Sehlen
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