Frederick Neumann

BirthSept. 2, 1839
DeathMay 7, 1937
CemeteryExeter (Exeter)
PostBrown (Exeter)
Unit42nd Illinois Infantry, Company B

Private Frederick Neumann

Company B, 42nd Illinois Infantry

Neumann was born in Prussia on September 2, 1839. Some sources spell his last name “Newman”. He was living in Cambridge (Henry County), Illinois when he enlisted on January 24, 1862. The 23-year old farmer enlisted for 3 years. He was mustered on April 17, 1862 and re-enlisted on January 26, 1864 at Stones Mill, Tennessee. Neumann served over 3 ½ years and was mustered out on December 16, 1865 at Camp Irwin, Texas.

The 42nd Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered in Chicago on July 22, 1861. During Neumann’s enlistment the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863).

Siege of Chattanooga (TN) (September 24-November 23, 1863).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Battle of Spring Hill (TN) (November 29, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

The Battle of Spring Hill was very costly to the regiment. On November 29, 1864 the regiment lost 18 members, 1 was wounded, and 3 reported missing.

Neumann died on May 7, 1937 at the age of 97 years. He is buried in the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter (Fillmore County), Nebraska. At the time of his death he was the last member of Brown Post (#76) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Exeter. In addition, he was a member of the Coleman Post (#115) of the GAR in Wymore, Nebraska.

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