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This Biography was contributed by Susie Marten

Nicholas Holthusen - Account of a Civil War Soldier


Nicholas Holthusen (spelled Holthausen on the roster) was a private in Co. E (Williamstown Union Rifles), 3rd Wisconsin Infantry. He enlisted 22 Apr., 186. He was taken prisoner for a time at Winchester. He was wounded at Chancellorsville and also at Dallas. He re-enlisted as regular army and was mustered out as a veteran on 18 Jul 1865, after serving over 4 years in the war.

He was born in Germany (Marne, Schleswig-Holstein, I think). The son of Johanne and Henrietta Kohn(?) Holthusen. The family moved to Calumet about 1849/1853 (I am currently awaiting more naturalization information), After he returned from the war, Nicholas married and had two children somewhere in Wisconsin (I'm not sure yet which county the marriage and births occurred in however). He then moved south to Missouri where several more children were born. He married 3 times being widowed twice. A stone cutter by trade, he moved several times, staying in Sedalia, Missouri, for years but was living in Kansas City when he died.

He did not enlist in Calumet. By the dates, I get the impression he did not wait until Calumet began enlisting local residents. He signed up in Maysville, Dodge Co. on 22 April, 1961, just ten days after the confederate forces fired the first shots of the war on Fort Sumter. That date is earlier than any listed on the Calumet Civil War page.


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