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Frederick L. Holdeman
Birth: 1840
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 1864
Sumter County
Georgia, USA

CIVIL WAR casualty.
The name of Frederick L. Holdeman's mother & his date of birth are unknown. Frederick was raised by his father's sister, Catharine Holdeman - Landis & her spouse, Frederick Landis. The 1850 USA census for Catharine & Frederick Landis indicate a child named Fred Holdeman, age 10 was living with them. So birth year of 1840 is a reasonable assumption.

On June 6, 1861, at age of 21, Frederick joined the Indiana Volunteer Infantry, regiment 9, company C. Later he was detached to the Ohio Light Artillery unit, regiment 1, company D. While serving in latter unit he was taken prisoner on Nov 26, 1863 in Knoxville, Tennessee and family records say he was moved to Belle Island prison in Richmond, Virginia where he died of starvation. Date of death & burial location was unknown.

Every contact with the USA government for past 150 years has always resulted in the answer, "We have no records regarding his death or burial location".

*** Interesting note: the military discharged him on the day he was taken prisoner.***

In the year 2011, I accidently stumbled across a link for a F. L. HoldeRman. Find a grave volunteer, Susan Clemons posted a photo of marker & the name on marker is spelled Holdeman. With this new information I searched every government website I could find. I did not find his name anywhere else. I emailed the National Park service in Andersonville National cemetery & asked if they had any additional information. They answered the next day. They had very little information but records on file included the date & cause of death, military branch, regiment, company, date & place of capture and name: Frederick L. Holdeman from Elkhart, Indiana. I found our missing Frederick L. Holdeman.

I've learned that during the years of 1863 - 1864, Belle Island prison in Richmond, Virginia was closed down several times and prisoners were transferred to other confederate prisons. Most of them were sent to Andersonville. I have not found an official record indicating Frederick was in Belle Island prison but family records say he was imprisoned in Belle Island & died there. I believe it is safe to assume he probably was in Belle Island prison at some time but was moved to Andersonville during one of the closings of Belle Island.

According to the National Park Service, the prisons in Richmond & Andersonville were the worst. They estimate more than 40% of the prisoners died while in Andersonville. Most died of starvation, disease and/or exposure. Food was scarce & the prisoners lived in open fields with NO protection from the elements. Not even a scrap of wood to hold over their head or a rag to lie on. Their water came from puddles contaminated with runoff from feces & urine.

Burial note: According to the Park service, dead Union prisoners were laid side by side in long trenches. Later rough wood crosses were placed in approx. burial area. After the war ended, the U.S. gov't placed stone markers on the rows. Records list who was buried in each trench but it is unknown if names on list reflect the order in which the bodies were laid.

Frederick L. Holdeman died April 16, 1864 while in Andersonville confederate prison, Andersonville, Georgia. Listed cause of death was pneumonia. He is buried in Andersonville National cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia. Mass grave section/row K, his marker is # 580.

Frederick never married and records indicate he was childless.

FYI; Books: Holdeman Descendants (descendants of Christian Holdeman 1788-1846), VOL I & II are available on line. They are public domain & not copy protected.


Bookseller: Higginson Book Company
(Salem, MA, U.S.A.)
Family links: 
  Jonas Holdeman (1824 - 1864)
  Frederick L. Holdeman (1840 - 1864)
  James F Holdeman (1853 - 1855)*
  Francis Milton Holdeman (1857 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: PVT CO C 9 IND INF, at capture Ohio Artillery, 1st, co D
Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site
Macon County
Georgia, USA
Plot: section K, plot 580
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Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Apr 15, 2010
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Frederick L. Holdeman
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