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Civil War Soldiers - Schimmelfennig
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Germany in 1824, and was an
officer under Kossuth in the Hungarian revolt. Then immigrating to
America, at the breaking out of the Civil war he was appointed colonel
of the 74th Pa. infantry, and served under Gen. Sigel during the
Virginia campaign of Gen. Pope. He was nominated a brigadier-general
of volunteers for his services at Bull Run, his commission bearing
date of Nov. 29, 1862. At Chancellorsville he commanded the 1st
brigade of Gen. Schurz's division of Gen. Howard's 11th corps, and was
at Gettysburg with the same command. Gen. Schimmelfennig's forces were
the first to enter Charleston, on Feb. 18, 1865, when flanked by Gen.
Sherman. For some time he remained in command of the defences of the
city, but was finally relieved on account of ill health, the result of
his exposure during the war, and, retiring to his home in
Pennsylvania, rapidly sank under consumption, and he died at
Minersville, near Pottsville, Pa., on Sept. 7, 1865.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908