Sergt. Louis Lange
Born Ludwig Lange on 5 December 1817 in Erfurt, Saxony, Prussia (now Germany). On 29 August 1847 when Louis was 29, he first married Barbara Dorothea Margaretha Sylfing, daughter of Ernst Sylfing and Maria Elysabeth Ross, in Witterda, Saxony, Prussia. She died two weeks before their second wedding anniversary. On 23 February 1851 Louis second married Friederike Kachel in Witterda. During the summer of 1853, they immigrated to the United States through New York, coming to Sullivan Township, Jefferson County, Wisconsin in 1855 and purchasing 40 acres of land.
Louis enlisted at Sullivan, Wisconsin for 3-year term on 15 August 1862; mustered in as private, Co. E, 28th Wisconsin Regiment, 13 October 1862, at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee. Records indicate he was injured by the butt of a regimental flag staff while "trying to swish his flag in the brush and woods" when serving as Color Corporal at Fort Greenwood, Miss., 5 April 1863; he suffered an inguinal hernia. He was hospitalized at Helena, Ark., 13 June to 1 July 1863. Furloughed as sergeant from Helena, Ark., on 18 June 1863. Was reported a deserter, 18 July 1863. Admitted to Harvey General Hospital, Madison, Wis., 20 August 1863, where he stayed until April 1864 (or Feb. 1864). Transferred to Veterans' Reserve Corps, 10 April 1864. Mustered out with honorable discharge from 146th Co., 2nd Battalion, V.R.C., 30 August 1865, in Milwaukee. Granted a disability pension based on injury to abdomen, August 1881.
Louis and Friederike had the following children:
Louis and Friederike lived and farmed in Sullivan Township until moving to Clifton Township, Monroe County, Wisconsin in 1876, where he purchased 120 acres of land. Friederike died on 26 March 1882 at age 53. She was buried at St. Michael's Church, Monroe Co., WI. On 15 May 1883, when Louis was 65, he third married Anna Heim, daughter of Conrad Heim, in Tomah, Monroe Co., WI. Louis and Anna moved to Milwaukee in 1884.
Louis was naturalized September 1870 in Jefferson Co., WI. He died at home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 22 July 1893; he was 75. Cause of death: Apoplexia, due to arteriosclerosis. He was buried in Trinity Cemetery, Milwaukee.
Sergt. Louis Lange's biography, photo and military records were provided by Steven Dhuey on behalf of former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson, who is Sergt. Lange's great-great-grandson.