Private George John Wittlinger/Wettlinger
47th Wisconsin Volunteers 10 Feb 65-Aug 29 65

On information from Great Great Granddaughter , Leesa Johnson

Hello Pete!

 
Thank you so much for creating the 47th Regiment Tribute page! What a truly wonderful, treasured piece of internet to find today. 
It appears our ancestors served together. My great-great grandfather was George John Wittlinger. However, Civil War records spell his last name "Wettlinger". 

 
From what I can find on Ancestry, he was born on October 7th, 1824 in Wurttemberg, Germany. I'm still trying to find his immigration records, but I believe it was sometime before 1850 since he married my great-great grandmother, Magdalena "Lena" in 1850 in Dale, Wisconsin. Magdalena stated on a census report later in life that she immigrated from Wurttemberg in 1848, so perhaps that's when George did too. 

 
The 1860 census reports George and family lived in Dale, Wisconsin and he was a farmer. He and Magdalena had 5 children: Henry, George, Christine, Charles, and Helen. 

 
Records show he mustered in on Feb. 10th, 1865 and mustered out on August 29th, 1865, but an 1890 Veterans Schedule that I have attached to this email shows on line 39 that his widow "Lena Wittlinger" stated he mustered out on August 10th or 19th (can't really read the number that well), 1865, and then at the bottom of the page in the notes for line 39, states George died at home from typhoid fever on August 25th, 1865 at 40 years old. He was only home for a very brief time before he passed away. 

 
He is buried at the Dale Union Cemetery in Wisconsin. The photo of his tombstone, that I have attached to this email, is actually how I found out he served in the Civil War and where he served. I would be so honored if his info was added to your page. :)
 

 
Thank you so much for all that you do, and for keeping these men's memories alive for future generations.

George's Headstone in Dale Union Cemetery.


 
Sincerely,
Leesa Johnson-Grear Great Granddaughter

What a beautiful tribute you have written for your ancestor Leesa-Thank you for sharing-Pete

 


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