Charles Puelz

BirthApril 10, 1830
DeathMarch 31, 1929
CemeteryDanbury Marion (Danbury)
PostGraham (Danbury)
Unit28th Iowa Infantry, Company I

Private Charles Puelz

Company I, 28th Iowa Infantry

Puelz was born in Leipzig, Germany on April 10, 1830. He was living in Millersburg (Iowa County), Nebraska when he enlisted in the regiment on August 11, 1862. He was mustered in the unit on September 17, 1862. Puelz served about 34 months and was discharged on July 31, 1865 at Savannah, Georgia. Puelz entered the service as a corporal and was demoted to private on December 20, 1862 at his request.

The 28th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Iowa City on October 10, 1862. During Puelz’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 10-17, 1863).

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864).

Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864).

Three of the mentioned battles were very costly to the regiment.

Battle of Champion’s Hill. Twenty-one soldiers were killed, 67 were wounded, and 20 were captured on May 16, 1863.

Battle of Winchester. Ten soldiers were killed, 59 were wounded, and 24 were wounded on September 19, 1864.

Battle of Cedar Creek. Nine soldiers were killed, 74 were wounded, and 12 were captured.

Puelz died on March 31, 1929 at the age of 98 years. He is buried in the Danbury-Marion Cemetery in Danbury (Red Willow County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Graham Post (#298) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Danbury.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.