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Christian Balke
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1840, Germany
Death: Jul. 18, 1906
Austin County
Texas, USA

1st Wife: Mary Schenck married Aug 17, 1866
2nd Wife: Amanda Goebel married Aug 10, 1881
Children 1st Wife:
Chas Balke
August Balke
W.M Balke
Edmond Balke
Melanie Balke married Charles H. Schroeder
Molsa W. Balke
Children 2nd Wife:
Kar Balke
Ben B Balke
Mary Helena Balke]
Dr John Walker Balke
Elsie Amanda Blake
Christian Balke
Regiment Name Waul's Texas Legion
Side Confederate
Company C
Soldier's Rank_In Private
Soldier's Rank_Out Private
Alternate Name C./Balke
Film Number M227 roll 2
Christian Balke born Oct. 26, 1840 in Bluthen, Prussia. He and his mother set sail on a ship called the Weser from Bremen, Germany and landed at New Orleans, Louisiana in 1858. They went to Galveston, TX then to Hempstead, TX. At 21 Christian joined the Confederate Army. He enlisted on March 24, 1862, at Bellville, TX into Company E, Infantry, Captain Robert Voigt, Commanding of Waul's Legion C.S.A. He fought at the Battle of Vicksburg and was captured on July 4, 1863. He was paroled on July 9, 1863. He then returned home. He married Mary Schenck on Aug. 7, 1866. They had seven children. Mary died on July 15, 1880. He remarried to Amanda Goebel on Aug. 10, 1881. They also had seven children. Christian died July 18, 1906. He's buried Milheim Cemetery, Austin, TX.

Waul's Texas Legion
Waul's Legion completed its organization at Brenham, Texas, during the summer of 1862. It contained a cavalry battalion and an infantry regiment. However, the legion did not serve as one command. The cavalry battalion contained six companies, later increased to seven. It served in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, skirmished in Mississippi, then fought with Forrest in Western Tennessee and Kentucky. The unit returned to Mississippi, saw action in Hood's operations in Northern Georgia, and ended the war in Alabama. In October, 1863, it had 450 men present, but few surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. The field officers were Lieutenant Colonel L. Willis; and Majors H. S. Parker, John R. Smith, and Benjamin F. Weeks. The infantry regiment contained twelve companies and served in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It fought in theVicksburg Campaign and was captured on July 4, 1863. Here the unit reported 47 killed, 190 wounded, and 8 missing of the 381 engaged. After being exchanged and reorganized in Texas, it was stationed at Galveston attached to the Trans-Mississippi Department. In December, 1864, the regiment had 14 officers and 204 men, and in April, 1865, totalled 315 effectives. During May it disbanded. The field officers were Colonels Barnard Timmons and Thomas N. Waul; Lieutenant Colonels O. Steele and James Wrigley; and Majors E. S. Bollong, Allen Cameron, and Otto Nathusius
Family links: 
  Bernhardt B. Balke (1882 - 1959)*
  John Walker Balke (1886 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Millheim G
Austin County
Texas, USA
Created by: Douglas Jackson
Record added: Oct 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42974107

With undying remembrance! Christian was my great grandfather.
- Bonnie Balke Kuykendall
 Added: Jul. 27, 2013
Christian was my great-great grandfather and I have been searching for information on him. I am so grateful for this posting!Thank you!
- Jennifer
 Added: Jun. 24, 2011

- Douglas Jackson
 Added: Oct. 14, 2009

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