Thursday, September 29, 2016

2nd Texas Infantry Beckmann Brothers-- Part 2: Both Wounded and Captured at Shiloh

William and Augustus Beckmann's (the column also lists a brother Charles) first and only battle was at Shiloh.  Both brothers came through the first day's action, April 6, 1862, unscathed.  But, the next day proved not as fortunate as both were wounded and taken prisoner.  At this time, they were also separated.

William was shot in the calf and sent to a Union hospital in Louisville and then to Camp Chase in Columbus.  Six months later he was heading home as part of a prisoner exchange.  After the war, he settled in Mississippi, married, farmed and had a family.

He died in 1914.

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