|Birth||July 26, 1840|
|Death||Jan. 9, 1928|
|Unit||18th Wisconsin Infantry, Company A|
Private Charles Blitzkie
Company A, 18th Wisconsin Infantry
Blitzkie (also spelled Blitzky) was born in Prussia on July 26, 1840. He was residing in Taycheeday (Fond du Lac County), Wisconsin when the enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 4, 1861. He served about 51 months and was mustered out on July 18, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Based on regimental history, Blitzkie and many of the veterans re-enlisted at the end of 1864.
The 18th Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Milwaukee on March 15, 1862. During Blitzkie’s tour of duty, the regiment was involved in many major battles and military campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Iuka (MS) (September 19, 1862).
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).
Battle of Jackson (MS) May 14, 1863).
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Blitzkie died on January 9, 1928 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Union Cemetery in Spencer (Boyd County), Nebraska. He was a charter member and the last member of the O’Brien Post (#241) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Turner, Nebraska.
Doc – Blitzkie(18WISC).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.