Alfred Christian Germann

Alfred Christian Germann

Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death 20 Aug 1922 (aged 75)
Lutesville, Bollinger County, Missouri, USA
Burial Ellis, Ellis County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 21210100 · View Source
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Alfred Christian Germann was born in Buffalo, Erie County, New York in 1847, to Christian and Magdalene Zimmerman Germann. He learned about the gun trade from his father. When Alfred was seven years old, his father died from pneumonia leaving his mother with young children.

His mother eventually sold the farm and gunsmith tools, took her children and went to live with her brother, John Zimmerman and his family in the state of Ohio.

Alfred later recalled that some of his happiest childhood memories were playing with his cousins, tapping the sugar maple trees and eating "Johnnie cakes" with deli­cious maple syrup.

In about 1858, Alfred's mother, Magdalene, married Heinrich Detterman, and they had three daughters. Unfortunately; not much love existed between the stepfather and the Germann children.

After the Civil War erupted in 1861, reports of the struggles filled the newspa­pers. Alfred decided that slavery was wrong and the nation should not be divided. At the age of sixteen, he ran away and joined the Union Army.

In January 1864, A.C. Ger­mann enlisted in the Veteran Vol­unteers Company from the State of Ohio. According to the history of the Germann family by Dollie Germann Glass, this was a turning point in Alfreds life.

Alfred was with General Sherman's Army before its famous march to the sea. After he was wounded at Ringgold, Georgia, he was hospitalized for many months and was only able to rejoin his regiment in time for the Grand Review of the Army at the close of the war.

He was given an honorable discharge in April 1866 and returned to his mother's home. The family during his absence had moved to St. Louis, Missouri. His sister Susan had married and died giving birth to her first child. So, it was a sad homecoming. He was given a warm welcome by his brother, Lewis, who was now grown into a husky youth. Albert was very fond of his younger brother, Uncle Lew.

"A.C. Germann" fought under General William Sherman during the Civil War.

In July 1864, Alfred Germann was shot in the back while on guard duty in Georgia. He was treated in various hospitals for eight months, and he survived. Alfred's Civil War experience was an important part of his life, as evidenced by the ribbons and documents he saved for posterity.

After the end of the Civil War, pretty, dark-haired Julia Elizabeth Niederer of Bavalia first saw Alfred Germann, marching in a parade in Belleville, Illinois. At the time, Alfred was working for Hinckley's Milling Company, and Julia was a nanny. They soon met and married.

In 1869, Alfred Christian Germann (1846 or 1847-1922) married Julia Eliza­beth Niederer or Neider (1846-1927) in Belleville, St. Claire County, Illinois.

The Story of My Life, by Oliver R. Germann
Supplemented by Virginia Tanner & Deborah Tanner

Children not listed below: Magdalene Germann and Dollie Germann Glass

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 21210100
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