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Gen Alexander Schimmelfennig
Birth: Jul. 20, 1824
Death: Sep. 5, 1865
Wernersville
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1854 and went to work for the United States War Department. At the start of the Civil War, he joined the Union Army, helped organize the 74th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry out of mostly German immigrants, and was commissioned its Colonel and commander on July 23, 1861. In August, 1862, he fought at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, was promoted Brigadier General on November 29, 1862 and commanded the German XI Corps at the May 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville. At the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863, he commanded a brigade and was wounded. In the fall of 1863, he was placed in command of a brigade in the 1st Division, XI Corps and participated Carolinas Campaign of 1864. He was in command of the District of Charleston when he received the Confederate's surrender on February 18, 1865. Due to his time of service in the swamps about Charleston, he contracted a form of tuberculosis which later resulted in his death. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sophie Schimmelfennig (1826 - 1890)*
 
 Children:
  Bertha M. Schimmelfennig (1850 - 1925)*
  Agnes S. Schimmelfennig (1854 - 1855)*
  Hermann A. Schimmelfennig (1860 - 1887)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Charles Evans Cemetery
Reading
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section L, Lot 61 EPT
 
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Record added: Oct 13, 2001
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Gen Alexander Schimmelfennig
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Gen Alexander Schimmelfennig
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- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 13, 2014
Rest in peace, General. Thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice you made for your adopted country. God bless you for your gallant defense of our Union against those who would have destroyed it. "Lebe Frei oder stirb."
- Sharon
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014
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- oldguy
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014
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