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Alexander Schimmelpfennig Biography
Born: 1824 Prussia
Died: Sept. 7, 1865 Minersville, Pa.
From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans 1904
Alexander Schimmelpfennig, soldier, was born in Prussia in 1824. He was an officer in the Prussian army in Schleswig-Holstein in 1848. He came to the United States, and in 1861 became colonel of the 74th Pennsylvania regiment. He was in the 1st brigade, 3d division, 1st corps, General Sigel, of the Army of Virginia under command of Gen. John Pope. During the second Bull Run, his brigadier, Gen. Henry Bohlen, was killed, and he succeeded to the command. After the battle he was nominated for brigadier-general, but the appointment was not confirmed until March, 1863, although the commission was dated, Nov. 29, 1862. He commanded a brigade in the 11th corps, under General Howard, at Chancellorsville and also at Gettysburg, where General Howard was wounded, and when General Schurz took command of the corps, the command of the division fell to General Schimmelpfennig. Upon the evacuation of Charleston, Feb. 18, 1865, he took command of the city. He was very ill as the result of exposure, and was soon relieved of his command, and returned to Minersville, Pa. He published The War between Russia and Turkey (1854). He died in Minersville, Pa., Sept. 7, 1865.
Johnson, Rossiter, ed.
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