Twenty-nine descendants (all being of the fifth generation
of Balthasar Fetterman) of Anna Rosine Fetterman and Heinrich Gernhardt
enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. Most of these kinsmen
were still under ageindeed boyswhen they put on suits of blue,
shouldered guns or buckled on sabres, and heavily equipped with canteens,
haversacks, knapsacks, shelter tents and blankets, started campaigning
down in Dixie as soldiers. Another four descendants (sixth generation)
served in the Spanish-American War.
At the time the book Heinrich Gernhardt and His Descendants,
written by Jeremiah M. M. Gernerd, was published in 1904, all but four
or five members were still living. The accounts that follow were all written
by Jeremiah, and there was no need to rewrite or refine any of these.
The links below will take you to the pages of 23 of these personal accounts
Jacob Garnet branch:
- Philip Garnett,
Co. I, 126th Regt N. Y. V. I.
- Charles Peter
Lilley, Co. B, 177th Regt. Ohio V. I.
Garnhart, Co. H, 84th O. V. I. and Co. F, 163d O.
- Samuel Garnhart,
Co. I, 15th O. V. I.; died of disease contracted in service.
- Ezra Lloyd
Eckis, Co. M, 8th Regt O. V. I.in Cuban War.
Wichterman, Co. H, 151st N. Y. V. I.
Philip Garnhart branch:
- Adam Porter
Mecum, 23d Ind. Heavy Artillery.
- Oren Lyman
Cole, Co. B, 13th Minn.in Phillipine War.
John Gernert branch:
- Lewis Donmoyer,
Co. E, 17th Pa. Cav.; died of wound.
- Benjamin Franklin Donmoyer, One Hundred Day Service.
- Rudolph Wellington
Donmoyer, Co. E, 17th Pa. Cav.
- James Gernert, Co. G, 5th Pa. V. M.James was
a member of Co. G, 5th Pa. V. M. (1862), and served during Confederate
invasion of Maryland.
M. M. Gernerd, Co. E, 37th Pa. V. M.
- Matthias Gernert, Co. F., 4th Pa. Cav.Matthias served one year
during the Civil War as a member of Co. F, Fourth Penna Cavalry,
and was discharged in 1862.
Catharine Gernhardt branch:
E. Baker, Co. H, 131st Regt. Pa. V. I.
- Daniel Wesley Fogleman, Co. K, 88th Regt Pa. V. I.At
the time of the writing of the Gernhardt Family History, Daniel was
residing in Williamsport, PA. He enlisted March 24, 1865, and served
some months as a member of Co. K, 88th Regt, Pa. Vol. Infantry.
As the fighting ceased soon after he entered the service, he did not
learn from experience how vigorously the enemy fought in his mistaken
and doomed cause (pg. 224).
- Hiram A. Fogleman, Co. K, 88th Regt Pa. V. I.Hiram enlisted
in the 88th Regt, Pa. Vol. Infantry, at the same time his brother
Daniel Wesley enlisted, and was honorably discharged at the same time.
Margaret Gernhardt branch:
Litchard, Co. D, 86th Regt N. Y. V. I.
- Almanzo W.
Litchard, New York Heavy Artillery.
- John B. Litchard,
Co. D, First New York Dragoons.
- Frank Ezra
Litchard, Hospital Corps of U. S. A. in Spanish-American War.
- Royal R.
Clemons, Co. E, Ninth N. Y. Heavy Artillery.
- Julius E. Clemons, Co. E, Ninth N. Y. Heavy ArtilleryJulius
enlisted a few days after his brother Royal,
and as recruits they both at the same time joined the same company and
regimentCo. E., Ninth N. Y. H. A.in which their cousinAlmanzo
W. Litchard, served. The sketch of Royals service gives the
important facts of Julius military career, as they were together
in all the marches and engagements therein mentioned. All alike had
the good fortune to pass through the war unharmed, and have lived to
see many of the happy results of the triumph of the cause for which
they fought, and would have given their lives. They helped to make the
Union a World Power, a mighty and ever expanding force for the civilization,
freedom and uplighting of humanity, that would have been impossible
with a disunited people, ever wrangling over the curse of human bondage
Baltzer Garnhart branch:
- John B. Sees,
Co. D, 7th Regt Pa. V. Cav.
- Abraham Smith
Sees, Co. L, 28th Regt U. S. V. I.in late War with Spain.
- Robert Dunn
Sees, Co. B, 131st Regt Pa. V. I.
- David Porter
Garnhart, Co. H, 92d Regt Ill. V. I.
- Aaron Garnhart, Co. H, 92d Regt Ill. V. I.Aaron enlisted
as a recruit for the company to which his brother David
P. belonged, and joined the regiment at Concord, NC, but the war
was almost over, and he escaped the ordeal of battle.
Anna Maria Gernhardt branch:
- Charles S. Williams, 18th New York BatteryAlthough Charles was
listed as serving his country, there was no account included in the
book. In doing some research, I found that he enlisted as a Private
into the 18th Light Artillery Regiment, New York, on September 20, 1864
at the age of 30. On December 20, 1864, he was transferred to the 25th
Battery, but as there was an excess of men, he was then transferred
directly into the 26th Light Artillery Regiment, NY. He mustered out
of the service on July 12, 1865, in Mobile, Alabama, and received a
Distinguished Service Award. He applied for a Civil War Pension, Certificate
#509481, on November 2, 1884, filed in Michigan.
- John Kinman,
fell at Pittsburg Landing.
- Charles C. Kinman, 23d Kentucky Vol. I.After he had been
in the three months service he re-enlisted for three years, and
joined the 23d Kentucky Vol. Infantry, October 9, 1861. He passed safely
through the bloody battle of Murfreesboro, but was soon afterwards disabled
by an accident in camp that unfitted him for military service, and on
account of which he was honorably discharged May 10, 1863 (pg.
- Nathan T.
Kinman, Co. G, 79th Pa. V. I.
- George W. Williams, 23d N. Y. I. BSon of Emily A. Combs and
Charles Williams, George enlisted in the 23d Independent Battery of
N. Y., and died of yellow fever at Newborn, NC, October 26, 1864, aged
18 years and five months.