Captain Von Bachelle is the subject of a folk story which took place during the Battle of Antietam. In the days prior to the Battle Capt. Von Bachelle befriended a dog, which quickly became Captain Von Bachelle's pet and the mascot of the 6th Wisconsin. During the battle Captain Werner Von Bachelle, fell mortally wounded and as the story went, the pet stayed at Von Bachelle's side and the next morning was found atop the corpse, shot dead while defending his master. Captain Von Bachelle is buried in the Antietam National Cemetery and as local legend has it his loyal pet rest with him.
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Home State: Wisconsin
Command Billet: Company commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 6th Wisconsin Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Probably an immigrant from Germany, he had served in the Citizens Corps of Milwaukee (militia). At the first call for troops in April 1861 he enlisted with his company for Federal service. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of what became Company F, 6th Wisconsin Infantry in May. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in December, and Captain in May 1862. He and the regiment served in the defenses of Washington for about a year, and then first saw action at Second Bull Run in August 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
von Bachelle and his men fought at Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September, and in and around the Cornfield at Antietam on the 17th. Major Dawes, commanding his regiment later said of him at Antietam:
At the very farthest point of advance on the turnpike, Captain Werner Von Bachelle, commanding Company F, was shot dead. Captain Bachelle was an ex-officer of the French army. Brought up as a soldier in the Napoleonic school, he was imbued with the doctrine of fatalism. His soldierly qualities commanded the respect of all, and his loss was deeply felt in the regiment.
In April 1861 von Bachelle volunteered with his local militia, the Citizens Corps of Milwaukee, for service in response to President Lincoln’s first call for troops. In May the officers – Capt. William Lindwurm, 1st Lt. Frederick Schumacher, and 2nd Lt. Werner Von Bachelle – were commissioned in Federal service and their unit became Company F of the new 6th Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Like von Bachelle, nearly all of the men of the Company were German speakers, most German born
The Regiment was part of the famous “Black Hat” Brigade (with the 2nd & 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana Infantry Regiments), and after a year of garrison duty around Washington DC, they first saw action at Second Bull Run (Manassas) in August 1862. Werner was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in December (Schumacher to Captain vice Lindwurm, discharged 12/11/61), and to Captain and command of his company when Captain Schumacher departed to be Major of the 21st Wisconsin (KIA Chaplin Hills, KY 10/8/62) in May 1862.