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Civil War Soldiers - Schimmelfennig

Schimmelfennig, Alexander, 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

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