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Franz Hassendeubel

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Germersheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Death: July 17, 1863 (46)
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA
Place of Burial: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Occupation: German-American soldier
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Franz Hassendeubel

Birth: Jan. 18, 1817 Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Death: Jul. 17, 1863 Vicksburg Warren County Mississippi, USA

Civil War Union Army Officer. Born in Gemmersheim, Palatinate on the Rhine River, he was a civil engineer and a mathematician. He immigrated to the United States, and served in the Mexican War, receiving a commissioned of 2nd Lieutenant in 1846. He was then promoted to Captain of Artillery on February 14, 1847 for his gallant and meritorious service and was mustered out on June 15, 1847. When the Civil War broke out he joined the 3rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry under fellow German exile Colonel Franz Sigel, as second in command. Later on after many battles he was commissioned as Colonel and commander of the 17th Missouri Volunteer Infantry. His regiment was participating in General Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign when a huge explosion went off at Logan's approach on Fort Hill on June 25, 1863. He was then in charge of inspecting the trenches at Vicksburg when a hand grenade was thrown and he was mortally wounded. He died three weeks later of severe fever.


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Franz Hassendeubel

geb. 1817 in Germersheim, Pfalz. Ausgewandert 1842. Im mexikanischen Krieg diente er als Artillerieoffizier. 1861 Oberstleutnant im Sigels 3. Missouri-Regiment. Hassendeubel legte die zehn Forts an, durch welche St. Louis gegen die Rebellen verteidigt wurde. Brigadegeneral 1863. Vicksburg-Kampagne. Bei einer Besichtigung der feindlichen Werke von Vicksburg schwer verwundet, starb Hassendeubel am 17. Juli 1863. Er war einer der bedeutenden Ingenieure des Bürgerkrieges. Der Posten der Veteranenorganisation in St. Louis hat sich als Hassendeubel-Posten, G. A. R., organisiert. So wird wenigstens der Name dieses vortrefflichen Offiziers noch weiterleben.


Wilhelm Kaufmann, Deutsche Unionsoffiziere, 1911

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Franz Hassendeubel's Timeline

January 18, 1817
Germersheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
July 17, 1863
Age 46
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA
St. Louis, Missouri, USA