Memorial commemorates German immigrants’ role in massacre

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  1. According to Pastor Biltz’s diary for October 10, 1864: “24 of our men slain, mostly after they had been wounded or captured.” On the 11th he noted that 13 of the dead were buried in Saint Paul church cemetery. Biltz’s wife had just given birth, and he reported that on the 12th it had been their intention to baptize the baby, but instead they hid in the forest from Confederate forces under Gen. Price. For the whole next week Biltz reported on movements of troops. Services were cancelled on the following Sunday, the 16th, but their baby was baptized at the L. Stuenkel home that day. The child was their daughter, Maria, who never married but lived with her parents and cared for her father in his old age.

  2. Evelyn Holt says:

    Thank you for this article. I had never heard this before reading it here.