American Civil War
Vicksburg, Mississippi Campaign
Kuechler "arms" -- a German-Saxon noble family.
Private, Illinois Infantry,
Regiment 114, Company A
(Wounded above the knee,
during the assault on Vicksburg of
19 May, 1863.)
[Age 21, at that time...]
Edward Ernest Kuechler (Küchler) - from an 1880's
Born 1841: Saxony, Germany - Died 1930:
His parents settled in Jacksonville,
Illinois after sailing from Germany (Saxony);
grew up in Arenzville, Ill;
lived out his life in Rushville, Ill.
After the war, Edward resided in Beardstown, and Rushville,
Illinois where he worked as a tin-smith.
He is buried in Rushville community cemetery along side of his wife, Emma
(His son, Charles Edward Kuechler was father to my (-ed.) mother, Emma Louise Kuechler-Kuhmann (now 97
years, 3 months, circa
Mother knew Edward in life, when she was a girl living in Rushville.
Thus, through her childhood experience, she can speak of her grandfather with
her grandson -- 88 years her junior...
And traverse thereby, almost 160 years of living memory.
-ed. Robert Charles Kuhmann.
Letter below (front and back sides are reproduced) was
written to a brother (in German) on Union Army Stationary
by Edward Ernest Kuechler in 1862, while
at Camp Butler (Springfield, Illinois) prior to his departure into battle.
Page 1 of 2 (front page of a single sheet of paper)
Page 2 of 2 (back page of a single sheet of paper)
Note: A modern German transcription of the entire letter, and the English
translation is available (from
the author) as
a Microsoft WORD "rtf" document.
In addition, I possess MANY 100-year-old (and older)
original documents from folks who hailed from White
Hall, Meridosia, & Rushville, Ill.
There are also old photos,
letters, heirlooms and furniture (even a
150-year-old platform-rocker that belonged to Edward &
his wife while at Rushville).
The Kuechler house was still standing in 1982
- during my last vist to the area. -ed. Robert
Here is a second
(dated 23rd October 1862, Camp Butler -
Springfield, Illinois). It
has survived in nearly perfect condition - this one being written in English.
The front and back sides are reproduced
as well as the original "General McClellan" mailing envelope.
It was written to Edward's brother Oskar who
was living in Bearstown, Illinois at the time. Oskar eventually moved to
San Raphael, California where he is buried in Mount Tamalpais Cemetery.
The letter was written by Edward Ernest Kuechler while at Camp
Butler (Springfield, Illinois) prior to his departure into battle. Edward is
buried in the Rushville, Illinois city cemetery. The letter is reproduced
here actual size (when viewed at 800x600 pixels - scanned at 250 dpi -
16million color JPG). Edward was my Great-Grandfather - Mother (his
Grand-daughter) knew him in life - when she was a little girl living with her
parents in Rushville, Illinois. These items are in my possession as of
today (circa 13 December 2007).
The spelling and grammar errors in Edward's letter are both amusing and quite
understandable - for Edward was born in Saxony (German). By contrast. his
German language writing is impeccable... He and his parents (Carl Wilhelm
Kuechler and Christiane Caroline Concordia Fredericka Liebescher-Kuechler) immigrated to the USA at
a time when he and his siblings were still children. The Carl W.
Kuechler home (in Jacksonville, Illinois) still stands - and is used today
(circa 2007) as a funeral home.
Note: A modern transcription of the entire letter
is available from the author in the form of a Microsoft WORD
GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME."
turn'd and left the spot -- Oh do not deem him weak --
was the soldier's heart, though tears were on his cheek;
Go watch the
foremost ranks in danger's dark career
Be sure the
hand most daring there has wiped away a tear."
Published by JAMES GATES Cincinatti (left margin -ed)
Detail from page
1 - enlarged 2x
for the Union"
by me and I'll stand by you" - Gen. McClellan"
Rickards & Co. Stationers, 102 Nassau St.] Springfield, Ill ???
"Mr Oskar Küchler,
Beardstown, Care of Mr. Dutch"
the original envelope - actual size is 2.5" x 5"
History page is dedicated to my
James Richard Kuhmann, a Great-Great Grand-son of Edward Ernest Kuechler.