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Bingenheimer, Charles (1834-1908)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/5/2011 at 21:50:28

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel

He Lost a Leg at Spanish Fort, Alabama,
When a Hundred Pound Shell Burst,
Instantly Killing Thirty and Maiming
Seventeen Union Soldiers

Charles Bingenheimer, an old and respected citizen of LeMars, died at his residence on Eagle street on Tuesday, following a violent attack of cholera morbus. He was taken sick on Friday. Mr. Bingenheimer had been in poor health for some time past suffering from rheumatism and from wounds received in the Civil war which bothered him more or less ever since he received them while fighting his country's battles. Mr. Bingenheimer was a native of Germany, having been born at Oppenheim on May 6, 1834. His parents died when he was a mere boy and at the age of fourteen he came with an uncle to New York. Shortly after, he went to Sheboygan, Wis., in which vicinity he lived for many years. He was united in marriage in Walworth county Wisconsin, with Miss Elizabeth Ruedell in the year 1854. He was engaged in farming and when the war broke out, left the plough, bade farewell to his wife and babies and shouldered his musket He was a member of the Thirty-third Wisconsin regiment and served for three years, his regimenbeing in many of the most important engagements, and in the thickest of the fight near the close of the war. In the late spring of 18C5, he lost a leg at Spanish Fort near Mobile, Alabama. He was struck below the knee with a piece of shell. The shell was fired from the fort by the confederates, and landed among the members of the Thirty-third Wisconsin, killing thirty instantly, and seventeen, among them Mr. Bingenheimer, lost legs and arms. His leg was amputated three times by hospital surgeons after the engagement and he suffered excruciating agony as there were no anesthetics in those days, and the wound caused him trouble the remainder of his life.

Mr. Bingenheimer came to Plymouth county with his family in 1874 and located on a farm in post office called Rosbach on section 24. About twenty-three years ago he moved to LeMars which was his home until he died. He was an affectionate husband and father, a good citizen and a loyal friend, neighborly in word and deed, honorable in all his dealings with his fellow men, and his death is sincerely regetted by scores of old friends and neighbors. Besides the bereaved wife he leaves two sons and three daughters, Mrs. C. H. Klockhohn, of LeMars,
Mrs. F. Kuehn, of Huron, S.D., Charles Bingenheimer, of Huron,S. D., John Bingenheimer, of Merrill, and Mary Bingenheimer, who lives at home. He was a member of the German Methodist church and the funeral was held there yesterday afternoon,Rev. F. H. Thiel, the pastor, officiating. A very large crowd of old neighbors and friends attended the last rites and paid their meed of respect to the memory of a good man.

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