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B184: Reminiscences (typescript copy) of Louis Fischer (1840-1897), no date

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Identifier: A0286-00209

Title: B184: Reminiscences (typescript copy) of Louis Fischer (1840-1897), no date


Louis Fischer was born November 12, 1840, in Stemshorn, Hanover, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1857, settling in Pennsylvania. In April 1861, he enlisted as a private in the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 months). Upon the expiration of his term of service, he reenlisted in the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry, eventually rising to the rank of 1st lieutenant. He was taken prisoner at the Second Battle of Bull Run and was briefly confined at Libby Prison before receiving a parole in September 1862. He rejoined his regiment soon thereafter, and was discharged at Grafton, Pa., in October 1864. In 1865, he moved to St. Louis and later to Salem, Mo., where he died in 1897.

Reminiscences contain brief accounts of the affairs of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 months) in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and northern Virginia in 1861. Also contains accounts of the affairs of the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry, including operations in northern Virginia in 1862; Second Bull Run campaign; imprisonment in Libby Prison; Chancellorsville campaign; Gettysburg campaign; operations against Charleston from late 1863 to August 1864; and information about diet and camp life. Also contains photocopy of postwar photograph of Fischer.


Place: United States


Type(s): Reminiscence

Maker/Creator: Fischer, Louis, 1840-1897

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862
Prisoners of war
Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
Military camps
Charleston (S.C.)


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