Putnam County Civil War Veterans and Story of the 37th Ohio Infantry A Virtual Cemetery created by: kricker61
Description: This is the story of the men of Putnam County Ohio identified through my research to date who were part of the 37th Ohio Infantry. This Union Army regiment was composed of German-Americans, was organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio near Cleveland, and mustered in October 2, 1861. At age 21, Anton Drerup, along with fellow Putnam County residents Henry Doepker (28 yrs) and brothers Ferdinand (23 yrs) and Bernard (20 yrs) Gerding, reported for service on 5 October 1861 and all were assigned to Company I of the 37th Ohio Infantry. The regiment was ordered to the Kanawha Valley, West Virginia after being formed, and moved to a point on the Kanawha River in West Virginia and spent the winter of 1861-1862 in that region. In the spring of 1862 it was engaged in some severe and unsuccessful fighting at and near Princeton, WV in which it lost 1 officer and 13 men killed, 2 officers and 46 men wounded, and 14 men missing. In an expedition to Wyoming Court House in August, a detachment of the regiment fell into an ambuscade and was surrounded by the enemy, but cut its way out of the difficulty with the loss of 2 killed, and 1 officer and 7 men taken prisoners. It was around this time that Henry Doepker died on 4 August 1862 at Raleigh County, WV. Henry is buried at Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. Plot: D,0,19. Other men of Putnam County, Gustav Kahle (27 yrs), John Frederick Bockrath (24 yrs), along with B. Henry Lehmkuhle (39 yrs) and Bernard Lehmkuhle (27 yrs), were all drafted for a 9-month term of service and joined the Regiment as it was being transferred west after being engaged in severe fighting in West Virginia during 1862. All these men reported for service on 8 October 1862, with Mr. Bockrath assigned to Company A, while Kahle and the Lehmkuhles were assigned to Company I. Sergeant Ferdinand Gerding returned to Putnam County after being discharged 19 Jan 1863 on a Surgeon's certificate of disability. Gustav Kahle achieved a rank of Private, and died on 10 April 1863 at Young's Point, Louisiana. This small town on the Mississippi River in Madison Parish LA was used as a major Union Army supply depot and trans-shipping point throughout the Vicksburg Campaign. It is possible Gustav's remains were disinterred and laid to rest at the Vicksburg National Cemetery. During May-July 1863, the Regiment participated in the siege and assaults on Vicksburg and Jackson in Mississippi. The bloody but unsuccessful assaults on the enemy's works at Vicksburg and the subsequent siege of that place, it lost 19 killed and 75 wounded. After the surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, John Frederick Bockrath, B. Henry Lehmkuhle and Bernard Lehmkuhle mustered out on 7 July 1863 upon expiration of their 9-month term of service and returned to Putnam County. Anton Drerup and Bernard Gerding returned home after being mustered out on 13 October 1863 upon expiration of their 3-year term of service.