Thursday, August 11, 2011

Herman Roesch - A Union Soldier's Life

1845-1919
Herman Roesch was born in Baden, Germany.  He came to America with his family in 1857 settling in Potosi, Wisconsin.  On October 15, 1864 Herman enlisted in Company A, 12th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin called The Marching Twelfth.  He was one of four brothers who served as a Union soldier during the Civil War.  Herman was in the March from Atlanta to the Sea and attended the Grand Review.

On July 16, 1865 he mustered out in Louisville, Kentucky.  He married at the age of 50 for the first time.  Although Herman was raised a Methodist, he practiced the Catholic religion, the faith of his wife.

In 1910 at the age of 65 he entered the United States National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers suffering from asthma and bronchitis.  The facility was initially for Civil War Veterans, but later accepted vets from the War of 1812 and then WWI.  In 1930 the name was changed to the Veterans Administration Hospital to serve all Veterans.  Herman was described as being five feet five inches tall, gray eyes and gray hair, a farmer by trade. 

Nine years later on August 23, 1919  at the age of 74, Herman died of renal failure.   He was collecting a pension of $32 a month at the time of his death.  His personal effects totaled $590.25.  He bequeathed his money to his youngest brother, John Albert Roesch who was living in Potosi, Wisconsin with his wife, Susan Taylor son Lake and daughter Iona.  Herman was buried in the Danville National Cemetery in Danville, Illinois.


Herman's final resting place, Section 10 Site 2760

                                     

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