William Voepel, Co F, 44th Illinois Infantry

My Great Grandfather, William Voepel (sometimes spelled Volpel in Civil War records) was at Franklin attached to the 44th Illinois Regiment, Co. F and supposable was under Opdyke’s command which would have put him in the very thick of battle.

I have been trying to find his name on rosters associated with the Union soldiers that were at Franklin and am having trouble finding documentation. Any suggestions or help that you might be able to give me would be appreciated. I have some information that was recorded in the history of Morton , IL where he settled after the war. I found the following article just this weekend on the internet.

William Voelpel , blacksmith, Morton ; born in 1840 and emigrated with parents to America in 1848 and settled in St. Louis, where he lived until his father’s death in 1874 (This may not be accurate since he moved to Morton after his second enlistment.). In 1861, enlisted in the 5th MO V., Co. B, serving three months and twenty days; returned and enlisted in the 2nd MO V., Co. F, serving one year, when the regiment was disbanded. Participated in the Battle of Corinth . The following year came to this village and became engaged at his trade, where he was drafted in the 44th IL V. I. , Co. F., and served nine months, participating in the battles of Franklin and Nashville. Returning formed a partnership with Henry Miller and in the fall of the same year purchased his interest, where he has since carried on a successful and remunerative business. Was married to Miss Barbara Metz , a native of Germany . They have eight children – William , John , Lucy , Edward , Annie , George , Ida , and Mary . (My Grandmother Nettie had not been born yet when this was written.) Are members of the Apostolic Christian Church.

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2 Responses to William Voepel, Co F, 44th Illinois Infantry

  1. John Wernick says:

    Bill, According to Civil War Data.com, William (Volpel) was in Co. K, 44th Illinois.

  2. Joe Reinhart says:

    I am a published author interested in the 44th Illinois Infantry. I currently have some letters written by several Germans in the regiment in 1861 and 1862. I have translated them into English. I am looking for other letters from men (any nationality) in that regiment to translate and or edit (if in English). If I can locate a sufficient number of quality letters from soldiers of the 44th I plan to prepare a manuscript for publication. Three of my books of Civil War letters have been published and a fourth will be released in 2013. If you have or know of anty letters please contact me.
    Joe Reinhart
    Bradenton, FL

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