Death of an Old Soldier
Theodore Ahrens, of Captain James H. Whittington's Company O, One hundred and Ninety-eighth Regiment of Pennsylvania, died on Wednesday evening at the residence of John Kopp, No. 133 Shipley street. Mr. Ahrens had been unwell for several weeks, and dropsy was his complaint. He was attended by Dr. Blocksom. Mr. Ahrens was a native of Hanover and was 67 years of age. He came to this country in 1860. He joined the One Hundred and Ninety-eighth Regiment in October 1864, but was wounded in June, 1865, which resulted in the loss of sight of both eyes. He received a pension of $72 per month. He had been very feeble for the last two years, and required the constant attendance of a nurse. Mr. Ahrens was an accomplished scholar, being able to speak and write French, German and English. The loss of his sight was a terrible affliction, but he did not allow it to impair his courage. Years ago he received letters from his relations in Germany, asking him to go home, but never was he tempted to leave his adopted country. He always said: "I fought for America and her honor. She has provided for me in my affliction. I will not leave her now." The letters from his rich relatives reminded him of his former happiness, but he seems to have been most happy here. It will be some consolation to his relatives and comrades to know that he had all the comforts this world could afford. None of his acquaintances can deny that he was a high-minded man, true to the traditions of his race, and one who never forgot the generous treatment of the government of his adopted country. He will be interred at Riverview Cemetery at 2 o'clock to-day."
(The Morning News, Wilmington, DE, 25 Jul 1890 (Friday), Page 2)
DOES NOT HAVE A GRAVE MARKER
Civil War veteran - PVT, 198th PA Infantry, Co. O