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26th Wisconsin Infantry - Blenheim history project

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26th Wisconsin Infantry - Blenheim history project

Posted: 3 Mar 2004 11:08AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fernekes, Froelich, Hoene, Reifenstuhl, Rook, Schlosser, Scholz, Van Eweyk
I received this message because Peter Fernekes d. 9 Oct 1893 of Milwaukee is the 2nd great-grand uncle of my husband. I am posting it to this board to see if there are any direct descendants or others with information on these soldiers from Wisconsin. If so contact: historicfairfax@aol.com

FERNEKES, Peter, Capt., Co E,
FROELICH, Julius, Cpl., Co B,
HOENE, Julius W.F., Pvt., Co I, ;
REIFENSTUHL, Frederick, Pvt., Co A,
ROOK, Peter, Sgt., Co C
SCHLOSSER, Philip J., Adjutant
SCHOLZ, W. Joseph, Sgt., Co A,
VAN EWEYK, Henry, Cpl. Co A,

Subj: (SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WAR) PROJECT
This information is being provided completely FREE hoping the right persons and families will contact us at the City of Fairfax. –

historicfairfax@aol.com

BACKGROUND -- You are here because your search included a name, listed below, and it may be your Civil War soldier ancestor. We are the Blenheim Research Group and, as part of an ongoing historical project, we are researching the large number of Civil War soldiers who passed through Fairfax, Virginia. Over 100 of those soldiers signed their names, regimental designations, and much more on the walls of what is now called the Blenheim House in the City of Fairfax. The actual soldier’s signatures are still on the walls, and it is considered one of the largest Civil War graffiti collections in the United States. Our historical group works with the City of Fairfax to help preserve Blenheim House, along with the entire collection, and to research their signatures and families. The building itself was used both as a military headquarters and as a hospital during the war, and is now a historical property owned by the City of Fairfax. We are offering the free exchange of historical information on those soldiers, and asking interested parties to contact us directly. Where possible, we are contacting their descendents to learn more of their stories. If you have any information or questions regarding the below listed soldiers, their families, or their regiments, please contact us through e-bay’s “ask a question” above, or at historicfairfax@aol.com. Again, this is a free service, no charges are involved, and we will be happy to share our information. Hopefully, you can find your ancestors name below, and we will be able to add to each other's data.

HISTORY OF THE BLENHEIM HOUSE -- Only twenty miles west of the White House, the town of Fairfax Court House, Virginia, changed hands twice during the early part of the Civil War. Centrally located, the town was where both Union and Confederate military leaders planned strategic movements. Close to 100,000 soldiers passed through this major crossroads. Some stayed only overnight; others stayed on for two to three months. By the winter and early spring of 1862, Fairfax was securely in the Union’s hands. It was a staging ground for the advance on Manassas, and part of the outer perimeter of the Defenses of Washington. The Wilcoxon family had just finished their sizeable brick farm home by the onset of the Civil War. Due to its size and location, the home was seized and used as a temporary Union headquarters by March of 1862. From September of that year and into 1863, the house served as a Union Hospital. By June of 1863, prior to the advance to Gettysburg, troops again occupied the house. Approximately 100 individual soldiers' signed names are still visible on the attic walls of what is now called Blenheim House, as well as drawings, prose and other scribbling. More names are still to be uncovered under layers of wallpaper on the other two floors. The result is the largest collection of Civil War graffiti in the United States. The estate is owned by the City of Fairfax, and research has been underway for several years to identify and create a full file on each named soldier. The goal is to learn more about the individual soldiers who left their mark at Blenheim. What was their life like before and, if they survived, after the war? Where did they go, and what did they do for the remainder of their lives. Of all those who signed the walls, 88 soldiers have been positively identified to date. They represent 19 regiments from New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and West Virginia; including units of the Baxters Philadelphia Fire Zouaves, 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry. Perhaps your ancestor was one of those soldiers, listed below, who signed their name at Blenheim. Please do a search for your name and let us know
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