|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1830|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 1917|
AUGUST E. HANSEN
At the high old age of 86 years, 6 months and 17 days, and for several months a sufferer from the infirmaties of old age. August Hansen closed his eyes in sleep eternal Sunday evening, February 18th.August Emanuel Hansen was born at Marne, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, August 1st, 1830. In 1857 he emigrated to the United States, coming directly to New Holstein.
The following year he was married to Miss Margaretha Postel and the couple moved to their farm just over the town line of Charlestown on the Hayton road. Here they resided for thirty-five years, moving to the village of New Holstein in 1893. Mrs. Hansen preceded her husband in death in 1907, since which time, until his final decline a year ago, he lived alone, as he was in vigorous health all the time. The first premonition of the approaching end came nearly two years ago, when during the Memorial Day services at Chilton, he was stricken with a fainting spell, from which however he recovered rapidly, so that he was able to take his place in the line of march to the cemetery at New Holstein in the afternoon. After that, however he suffered one or two light strokes of paralysis, and a year ago, was removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo.Schildhauer, where he was cared for until the end.
When the country was in danger in the dark days of the Civil war, Mr. Hansen enlisted in Company E of the 21st Wis. The regiment, under the command ofCol. Harrison C. Hobart left the state Sept. 11th, 1862, and with his regiment he took part in the campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee during the years 1862 and 1863.
The regiment was made up of splendid fighting stock, and took a prominent part in the battles of Perryville, and under Gen. Phil Sheridan, in the two days' battle of Stone River and Murfreesboro. During the summer of 1863 they were under Geo. Rosencrans and took part in the campaigns in eastern Tennessee which culminated in the bloody battle of Chickamauga. The 21st fought under Gen. Thomas and under this able commander saved the union army from what might have proved annihilation but for Thomas‘ stubborn resistance for two days against the assaults of the confederate army, this brilliant stand earned for Gen. Thomas the name "Rock of Chickamauga"
But the 21st was cut off from the body of Thomas' troops and 75 of its officers besides a number of the men were taken prisoner. Mr. Hansen, - who had meanwhile been promoted to the position of lieutenant of his company, among them, Col. Hobart was sent to Libby prison, but most of the prisoners were sent to Andersonville. Among these was Lieut. Hansen. In this prison he was confined until released after Sherman's famous march from Atlanta to the sea. The released men were so emaciated by starvation and sickness, that few were fit for further decampaigning, and Mr. Hansen was honorably discharged and returned to his farm early in 1865.
Mr. Hansen is survived by three sons; Charles and August of New Holstein, and George of Kiel; also by three daughters, Mrs. Henry Greve and Mrs. G. Schildhauer of this village and Mrs. E. Hagemann of Hamilton, Montana. One son, Peter, died at Fond du Lac in 1901.
Calumet County Reporter, February 23, 1917
Margaretha Postel Hansen (1828 - 1907)*
Anna C Hansen Greve (1859 - 1945)*
Augusta Hansen Schildhauer (1861 - 1946)*
Charles J Hansen (1863 - 1949)*
George Hansen (1866 - 1917)*
J August Hansen (1867 - 1944)*
Peter J Hansen (1869 - 1901)*
Co E 21 Wis Inf
Note: ossw Margaretha, Peter, George, Charles, Adolphine, and Edward Aggen
New Holstein City Cemetery
Created by: Rose Mohnsam
Record added: Jul 01, 2009
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