Capt. William Kunhardt Bachman, (CSA)

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Capt. William Kunhardt Bachman, (CSA)

Birthplace: Charleston, Charleston County, SC, United States
Death: October 29, 1901 (70)
Columbia, Richland County, SC, United States
Place of Burial: Columbia, Richland County, SC, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev John Bachman and Harriet Bachman
Husband of Julia Rush Bachman
Brother of Maria Rebecca Audubon; Mary Eliza Audubon; Jane Lee Haskell; Cordelia Bachman; John Edward Bachman and 8 others

Occupation: Co. B, Bachman's Company, South Carolina Artillery (German Light Artillery)
Managed by: Carlos F. Bunge
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About Capt. William Kunhardt Bachman, (CSA)

Yesterday morning at 6 o'clock Capt William K Bachman died at his home on east Plain stret. His condition has for weeks been very critical and nothing but his wonderful vitality has sustained him. Capt Bachman has been identified with the best interests of Columbia for the best years of his life but his efforts were not confined to local institutions annd he was known as one of the most gallant artillery officers in the Confederate service.

He was a native of Charleston, having been born there 70 years ago. His wife, who survives, was Miss Julia Rush Fisher, daughter of Dr Edward Fisher, one of the foremost citizens of Columbia in his generation. Capt Bachman's father was the distinguished scientist who was associated with Audubon in his standard works upon natural history.

The following splendid tribute to his memory was presented by one who sincerely appreciated his merits:

Capt William K Bachman, son of the Rev John Bachman, D D, L L D, was born in Charleston, SC on the 23rd day of November, 1830. His boyhood days were spent in that city ad in erly age he graduated with honor from the College of Charleston. Upon the completion of his course at that renowned institution he was sent to Europe ad was entered as a student of the University of Gottingen, Germany. At the expiration of three years, he returned to his native city ad having selected the law as his chosen profession, he entered the office of Chancellor H D Lesesne, and having finished his course finally became a partner of that eminent jurist and distinguished citizen. He removed to Columbia early in 1856 and identified himself with the city ad her people. In 1861, South Carolina having separated herself from the Union of States, he stepped to the front and tendered his young life to the cause in which his people were about to engage. The first gun fired found him among those present, and he participated in the engagements within the harbor, and in sight of his old home.

Upon the call for troops he was selected to command a company composed of the flower of the German element, hardy, loyal, brave men, some of whom had lived but a few years upon southern soil, but in that time had become attached to the State and her citizens. The German Volunteers, drilling then as infantry, shortly after became well known as "Bachman Battery, Hampton Legion," a famous command which for distinguished gallantry earned laurels for officers and men alike. The glory of the legion has never faded; its fame has passed into the history of the old south.

The guhlon [??} which was preserved when all else was lost, is now in the possession of the color sergeant of the battery, who when defeat came, hid it within the folds of his "gray jacket" a priceless heritage to his children. The guns of this battery have been heard upon nearly all the great battlefields of Virginia and Maryland, and upon the hills of Gettysburg they hurled death into the ranks of the federal advance and lured men to destruction at Bentonville, NC. The range of the shells hae been watched by Hood, Stephen D Lee Hampton-and the commander of the battery complimented by R E Lee himself. The guns like their old commander are silent now forever.

At the close of the war, Capt Bachman returned to this city and resumed the practice of law under the firm name of Bachman, Waties & Talley, and that partnership continued until the death of Capt Waties and Mr William Talley, men honored in the profession and beloved by those with whom they came in contact.

During the dark days of 1876-the Reconstruction period, the most trying period of the State's history-Bachman & Youmans braved the ordeal by fire, an ordeal forced upon our people by a vicious legislature and a corrupt court, rendered legal service when chance offered and occasion demanded active ad untiring energy to uphold the cause of justice and humanity.

Upon the election of Gen Wade Hampton as governor when order sprang out of chaos, Captain Bachman for 11 years filled the office of assistant to the attorney general of the State.

His life was one devoted to his family, his State, his people, and above all else, Go, and his church-generous, brave, loyal to his friends, many that he leaves behind will mourn his death.

Yesterday as night had passed into day, quietly and peacefully he yielded that life to the God who gave it. author-W H M.

The funeral services will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church of which Capt Bachman was a devoted member, today. Capt Bachman will be buried with Masonic honors conducted by Acacia Lodge, of which he was one of the oldest members.

Oct 30, 1901, The State p8

The remains of the late Capt William Bachman were interred at Elmwood [he was buried at Trinity Episcopal churchyard] yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The news of his death caused sorrow in Columbia, for as a gallant soldier he was respected as a patriot in time of political turmoil, he was honored as a high minded and honorable gentleman, he was lovved by many.

A friend said of him yesterday that he was a man of deep convitions and he neer expressed them in a way to wound the feelings of others. Yesterday for a little while his body was wrapped in the flag which had floated above his head in many a glorious fight, the flag which he never dishonored. It was rescued from the dissolution of the army and carried away concealed under the jacket of the color-bearer of the battery. Mr A W Ja?er of Charleston who came up yesterday to drop a tent? on the bier of his dead friend and comrade. Mr James Simons, the second lieutenant of the battery and afterwards Speaker of the House of Representatives, also came up from Charleston. The first lieutenant of the famous organization, Rudolph Seigling, preceded his commander to the realms of peace.

Oct 31, 1901 The State, p8.

Bachman, William K. BATTLE UNIT NAME: Artillery Battalion, Hampton Legion, South Carolina SIDE: Confederacy COMPANY: B SOLDIER'S RANK IN: Captain SOLDIER'S RANK OUT: Captain ALTERNATE NAME: FILM NUMBER: M381 ROLL 2 PLAQUE NUMBER: NOTES: none

Bachman, William K. BATTLE UNIT NAME: Bachman's Company, South Carolina Artillery (German Light Artillery) SIDE: Confederacy COMPANY: SOLDIER'S RANK IN: Captain SOLDIER'S RANK OUT: Captain ALTERNATE NAME: FILM NUMBER: M381 ROLL 2 PLAQUE NUMBER: NOTES: none

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Capt. William Kunhardt Bachman, (CSA)'s Timeline

November 23, 1830
Charleston, Charleston County, SC, United States
October 29, 1901
Age 70
Columbia, Richland County, SC, United States
Columbia, Richland County, SC, United States