32nd Indiana CDV Album Identified to Capt. Louis von Trebra, Plus
CDV album of Capt. Louis von Trebra, 32nd Indiana Infantry, containing 33 CDVs, most of which are of officers in his regiment and some of which are signed. Album with green leather covers, gilt page edges, and identification on the cartes and on the album pages.
Also included in the lot are Civil War histories, including: Annals of the Army of the Cumberland (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1863. 8vo, 671pp); First Annual Report of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, 1868 (Cincinnati: 1868. 8vo, 162pp); a German-language history of the 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, titled Die Neuner (Cincinnati: 1897. 12mo, 290pp); and von Trebra's inscribed copy of a German-language history of the US Civil War, titled Gelchichte des Vierjahrigen Burgerkrieges in den Bereingten Staaten von Amerika (Frankfurt: 1865. 8vo, 585pp plus fold-out maps); plus copious research by amateur Civil War historian James Barnett, including hundreds of pages of research, correspondence, photocopied service documents, and even photographs of the graves of many of the members of the 32nd Indiana and Army of the Cumberland.
Louis von Trebra (1841-1911) enlisted as a private on September 20, 1861 and mustered into Co. C of the recently-formed 32nd Indiana Infantry. He was promoted three times, culminating in his appointment as captain of Co. E on Oct. 17, 1863, and mustering out in that position on September 7, 1864. Like many in his regiment, von Trebra was born in the German Empire -- specifically Lubben, Prussia. His younger brother Henry von Trebra, was commissioned the lieutenant colonel of the 32nd upon its formation and served as its colonel from July 18, 1862, until his death of typhoid fever in August of 1863.
The 32nd's organizer and initial commander was August Willich, a Prussian-born aristocrat who served with distinction in the Prussian Army and voluntarily shed his noble title in keeping with his communist ideals.
The regiment moved throughout KY and TN and participated in the Battle of Shiloh, Nashville, Stone's River, and Chickamauga. After the capture of Atlanta many veterans mustered out at Indianapolis, but the whole company mustered out on December 4, 1865.
Identified CDVs from the 32nd include: Brig. Gen. August Willich (photographed in civilian clothing); Col. Henry von Trebra; Col. Francis Erdelmeyer; Lt. Col. William George Mank (signed), later Lt. Col. of the 6th Veteran Volunteer Infantry and Bvt. Brig. Gen.; Maj. Peter Cappell; Capt. Emanuel Eller, Co. A (signed and inscribed to von Trebra); Capt. Siegmund Selig, Co. C; Capt. William Urlan, Co. D; Capt. Andreas Winter, Co. K; Capt. Charles Nagel, Co. C; Capt. William Borck, Co. G; Capt. William T. Hahn, Co. I (possibly signed); Capt. Isidore Esslinger, Co. E (signed and inscribed, Feb. 1862); Capt. John Henry Warneke, Co. A; 1st Lt. & QM Fredrick Ludwig (signed and inscribed, March 1863); 1st Lt. John Mayer, Co. K (signed); 1st Lt. Louis Loether, Co C; 1st Lt. Gustave Hochstaetter, Co. I; 1st Lt. Louis Ansbittel, Co. B; 1st Lt. Frank Weber, Co. D; 1st Lt. Charles Reifert , Co. F; 1st Lt. Robert A. Wolff, Co. F (signed and inscribed); 2nd Lt. Valentine Koehler, Co. F (signed); Asst. Surg. Emil Forstmeyer; Chaplain F.H.W. Schmits.
Also included are: copy CDV of Maj. Gen. Alexander McDowell McCook; CDV of Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans, from an engraving; lithographed CDV of Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard; CDV identified as "Capt. Ruhlman of Ohio," who appears to be wearing a 1st Infantry kepi; Soldier identified as "Lt. Link"; unidentified standing Union soldier posed with a sword; unidentified seated Union officer, possibly Gen. George Henry Thomas (unmounted); Civilian identified as Rudolph von Trebra.
All of the items are in good condition with some toning on the papers and some typical folds on the documents.