Friday, September 30, 2016

2nd Texas Infantry, the Beckmann Brothers-- Part 3: Augustus Not So Lucky

Augustus Beckmann was wounded the same day that his brother William was, April 7, 1861, at the second day of fighting at the Battle of Shiloh.  He was wounded in the knee and then taken prisoner.

He was taken to Camp Dennison in Cincinnati where he died on May 9, 1862.  All he had with him at the time was his German Testament.  Years after the war, his body was disinterred and moved to Camp Chase in Columbus where he was reburied and had the incorrect name and company on his gravestone.

I have no doubt that part of the problem with his misidentification was because of his inability to speak English very well or his accent.

Of interest, his brother William Beckmann had been a prisoner at Camp Chase during the war.

--Old Secesh

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