Corp Edward H. Kruger

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Corp Edward H. Kruger

  • Birth 1842 Germany
  • Death 11 May 1906 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Section 11, Lot 513
  • Memorial ID 61512834


Corporal EDWARD H. KRUGER, Co. H, 86th Illinois

Edward H. Kruger was born about 1842 in Germany, possibly the son of John Kruger and Sophia (__________) Kruger. John Kruger was born about 1822 in Hanover, Germany, while Sophia was born about 1824 in Hanover, Germany. The Krugers are believed to have come to America in the 1850's or very early 1860's.

On August 11, 1862, Edward volunteered at Peoria, Illinois to serve in a company which was being raised in the Peoria, Illinois area by David W. Magee, a veteran of the Mexican War, for service in the Union Army during the Civil War. At the time he enlisted, he gave his place of birth ad Germany, his age as 20 and his place of residence as Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.

Rank PVT Company H Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence PEORIA, PEORIA CO, IL Age 20 Height 5' 5 Hair LIGHT
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation COOPER
Nativity GERMANY

Service Record
Joined When AUG 11, 1862 Joined Where PEORIA, IL
Joined By Whom D H MAGEE Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS

When Magee had about 100 volunteers he assembled his company at Camp Lyons, located near present day Glen Oak Park in Peoria, where they remained in camp until they were mustered into service. On August 27, 1862 Magee and 89 of his volunteers, including now Private Edward H. Kruger, were mustered into service as Co. H of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Initially, the men of Co. H elected Magee to be their Captain. Magee, however, because of his past military experiences, was selected and promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel of the entire regiment. After this John H. Hall, was elected by the men of Co. H to be their Captain.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later, the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of Confederate troops. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the next three years.
During the next three years, Private Edward H. Kruger would serve faithfully in Co. H as the men of the 86th served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Edward was witness to and a participant in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia; Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, to name a few and would march with Sherman to the Sea. Also during his time in the service, sometime before May of 1864, Edward was promoted to Corporal as a sign of his military bearing and his dedication to his company and to the service.
During the Battle of Rome, Georgia on May 17, 1864, about 19 members of the 86th Illinois were killed or wounded. Corporal Edward H. Kruger is known to have wounded in the head, but the wound is believed to have been slight and, at this time, if he was away from the company, he is not believed to have been away long.
On June 6, 1865, Corporal Edward H. Kruger is believed to have been with the surviving members of the 86th Illinois when they were mustered out of service on June 6, 1865 at Washington, D.C. They then were sent by train to Chicago, Illinois where received their final discharge and soon were back home in Peoria County.

We have little information about the life of Edward H. Kruger after the Civil War. Edward Henry Kruger is believed to have been married to Dora M. __________ on __________ __, 186__ at __________, __________. Dora was born on __________ __, 1840 at __________, Germany. The Krugers are believed to have had at least two children. They are;
1. William E. Kruger, born ___________ __, 1867; died on __________ __, 1868; buried in the Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.
2. Edward Kruger, born c. 1868/69 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.

At the time of the 1870 census of Peoria, Henry Kruger, age 28, is living in Ward 2 of the City of Peoria. He is listed as being born in Hanover and is married to a Dora ___________, who is 30 years of age and born in Hanover, and they have one child, Edward, age 1, born in Illinois. This is most likely Edward H. Kruger. Living in Ward 6 of the City of Peoria is a John Kruger (age 47, Hanover) and Sophia Kruger (age 45, Hanover). They have five children still living at home. John is a Cooper.
223 Kruger Henry 28 M music teacher 200 Hanover
223 Kruger Dora 30 F keeping house Hanover
223 Kruger Edward 1 M Illinois

034 Kruger John 47 M cooper 700 100 Hanover
034 Kruger Sophia 45 F keeps house Hanover
034 Kruger Sarah 10 F goes to school Illinois
034 Kruger Elizabeth 5 F Illinois
034 Kruger Mollie 3 F Illinois
034 Kruger Daborah 1 F Illinois

Dora M. (__________) Kruger died on __________ __, 1881 and her mortal remains were laid in the Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.

Edward H. Kruger is believed to have moved to Georgia shortly after Dora's death. Edward H. Kruger is believed to have been married to Octavia Perry on August 28, 1882 in Chatham County, Georgia.
The last few years of his life, Edward Henry Kruger is known to have resided at 91 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. Corporal Edward H. Kruger died on May 11, 1906. The Atlanta Constitution carried an announcement about his passing in it's May 12, 1906 edition. Edward is believed to have died at his residence. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.
As of March of 2011, his burial site is believed to be unmarked. No Civil War style upright government issue stone was every ordered for his grave. A Civil War style upright government marker needs to be ordered from the Government for his grave. Is there a Sons of Union Veterans Post in the area? I need to check on this.
On February 28, 2013, I received the following notice from a Find A Grave Contributor. "I searched the stated plot or section and could not find the grave. Cemetery management tells me the grave is in Section 11 Lot 518. I looked extensively in this area and was not able to find it."
A marker needs to be ordered!!

On June 6, 2014, I received the following email. "Hello,
I believe I know the location of Corporal Edward Kruger's headstone. I found your entry in the find a grave website. We have three army issued headstones on our property. My understanding is that all three are from union soldiers that were buried in Westview Cemetary. I do not know why they were moved. One of the headstones reads: Corpl. Ed'wd Kruger.
Erin Miller"

I wrote Erin after this and hope to hear from Erin again soon.

On May 25, 1906, his widow was granted a Widow's Pension.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Kruger family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we currently have on Corporal Edward Kruger and the Kruger family. Baxter would also love to get copies of any pictures of Corporal Edward Kruger that may still exist, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the 86th, for his Find A Grave site and for the local Historical Societies.)

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  • Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
  • Added: 12 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61512834
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Edward H. Kruger (1842–11 May 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61512834, citing Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Baxter B. Fite III (contributor 47203738) .