Schindehette, Henry. Pvt. Co. I
Henry was born on August 2nd, 1840 in Kassel Hesse, Germany. He immigrated to Detroit, MI some time in 1857 and latter moved to Redford, MI. On August 11, 1862, just after his 22nd birthday he enlisted with Captain Gordon in the city of Detroit. Gordon's company was assigned to the 24th Michigan Volunteers and became Company I.
On July 1, 1863 on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg, Henry was seriously wounded by a gun-shot to the right thigh. The wound (or subsequent infection) must have taken away much of the muscle as a disability report of March 24th, 1864 tells us. The leg was saved but the report predicts that the young private would be permanently lame and unfit even for the Invalid Corps. (Family history suggest that he may have been wounded in several places.)
During recuperation, Henry was sent to Harper Hospital in Detroit where he met and later married Samantha Diamon. However, the war would never end for Henry. The wounds he received for his adopted country would never heal. He suffered with them for more than forty-four years and his pain made it difficult for him function normally. Eventually Henry succumbed to his wounds dying of tetanus in Bay City, MI on July 19th, 1907.
After the war Samantha was active in the Women's Relief Corps -- An Auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic and a patriotic sororal organization founded to perpetuate the memory of the GAR.
Thanks to Joan Serra and Diane Wrobleski the Great Granddaughters of Henry & Samantha Schindehette for the information and images used in this compilation.