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Reckler, Fredrick Andrew "Fritz"

Served in Co. C, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.  He was mustered in June 11, 1861 and was listed as a resident of Cassville, Wisconsin.  Reckler was born in Saxony, Germany, November 28, 1831* and immigrated in 1857. 

After enlisting, "Fritz", along with the 2nd Wisconsin went east to Washington to defend the Capitol.  On July 21st, 1861, at the battle of First Bull Run, he was shot in the left breast.  A comrade saw him "struck dead".  However, the round was first slowed down by a small German Testament that he had in a pocket, and passed through him without hitting any vital organs.  He was captured on the field and taken to a field hospital where he lay for six weeks before being taken to Libby Prison.  As was done in the early in the war, he was paroled and exchanged and then sent to a military hospital in New York City.  Afterwards, he was sent home to recover, but in October of 1863 he returned to his unit and participated in the campaigns that followed and the battles of Mine Run, Spotsylvania and the Wilderness.  On June 28th, 1864, his three year term having expired, he was discharged and returned to Wisconsin.  A year later he left for Jasper County, Iowa where with his wife Henrietta (Jungk), he fathered eight children, and was listed as a "Republican", a member of the German Lutheran Church and member of Garrett Post, No. 16, Grand Army of the republic.  Frederick can be seen proudly wearing his Iron Brigade and GAR pins in the image submitted.  A Curious tale of Mr. Reckler's later years revolves around his application for a military pension.  Apparently the official records had him listed as "Killed in Action".  Thus his pension was deigned.  Fortunately Fredrick was able to locate another man from Wisconsin who could provide evidence to the contrary and official records were corrected in 1878.  Fredrick is buried in Newton Union Cemetery, Jasper County, Iowa.

 

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*Headstone indicates a birth of 1832

Submitted by Beth Larson who sited a "Jasper County Iowa Newspaper" and "Past and Present of Jasper County" by Gen. James B. Weaver, 1912.