Sunday, September 06, 2015

Emilius Ilgenfritz Weiser

Capt. Emilius Ilgenfritz Weiser.

Birth: Apr. 16, 1835 York County Pennsylvania,
Death: 1902

Parents: Samuel Weiser (1788 - 1856) Anna Maria Ilgenfritz Weiser (1808 - 1876).

Wife: Mary Louisa Von Hoff Weiser (1843 - 1915).

Children: Emilius James Weiser (1867 - 1937), William Walter Weiser (1870 - 1872), Harry Martin Weiser (1885 - 1938).,

Burial: Phelps Cemetery Decorah Winneshiek County Iowa

Winneshiek County History.

Captain E. I. Weiser was born in York, Pa., April 10, 1835, and emigrated from the place of his nativity to Decorah in 1856.Being possessed with a warm heart and a genial nature, and a patriotic love of country, the threats of war against the Union aroused his impulsive nature to a desire to make any sacrifice hardship, sufiering, even life itself รข€” in his country's cause. As a result, when the first cry of a distressed country was heard, call-ing on her sons for protection against the assaults of traitors.

Capt.. E. I. Weiser was the first and foremost of her patriots in Winneshiek County to respond. Capt, E. I. Weiser was the first man to enlist from Winneshiek County in his country's service in the late civil war. He enlisted as a high private in Company D, and was elected first Lieutenant at the first election held by the company.

Capt. E. I. Weiser participated in many warm skirmishes and two hard fought battles. He was wounded at Shiloh; also at Hatchie, on the 5th of October, 1862. The wound he received at Hatchie disabled him from further active military service during the war. Eight months he was detained in the hospital by his wound, and seven of these eight months he was compelled to lie in one position on his back. He was with his company one week while it was at Memphis. While here the boys of Company D presented him with a silver pitcher, as a mark of their regard and the appreciation they had for him as a soldier and commander. Capt. Weiser was brave, cool, efiicient, and possessed all the noble attributes requisite in a successful commander. His physical disability is a glorious certificate of his bravery.  

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