Pvt. Albert Teske
Albert Teske was born on 20 August 1842 at Treptow, Pomerania. At the age of fourteen years he migrated with his parents to America, directly to Milwaukee. A short time later they moved north to Kewaunee County. On 18 August 1862, not quite 20 years old and barely six years in this country, he enlisted with Company H of the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment; was mustered in on 13 October 1862 as a corporal and served until peace was declared. He was mustered out with his company as a private on 23 August 1865. The 28th Wisconsin muster and descriptive roll listed him as single, blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5'6". After the war he became a proud member of the G.A.R. Albert received his US citizenship on 14 July 1875.
Albert lived near Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin and managed the Kuke House (a hotel on the southwest corner of Harrison and Dodge streets), which he undertook after the death of Wm. Kuke. Eventually it became necessary to forego his duties and return to his Town of Pierce farm due to his health. He passed away on March 14, 1897, from bronchitis with many years of liver problems caused by his service in the war. The funeral was held at the Lutheran church at Rankin to which many people attended, among whom were many of his Civil War comrades. He left behind a sister, wife, a daughter and five sons. Albert was buried at the German Lutheran cemetery in Ahnapee township.
Information contributed by: Charles E. Teske.
Pvt. Teske's biography was compiled from 28th Wisconsin regimental records, and obituaries published in the Kewaunee County Banner on 18 and 19 March 1897.