Civil WarIn combing through some old files, I came across a list of men from Schaumburg Township who served in Illinois regiments during the Civil War.  I thought it might be interesting to match this old list up to the Illinois Civil War Muster and Register Roll that is available on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website.

The searching capabilities allow you to search by Name of Veteran, Company, Unit and Residence.  Obviously, it would be necessary to search by Residence but it would also be necessary to use as many spellings of Schaumburg as I could manufacture.  The most comprehensive list fell under the correct spelling of the word.

*Those with an asterisk next to their name indicate that they were not on the original list I was working from.


Bowen, Robey
Burke, Thomas J.
Conger, Charles H.
Dagnan, John*
Dunn, Cornelius
Garlich, Reinhold
Hampton, James
Hathaway, Marin
Johnson, Richard
Lee, William
Lowrey, James*
Moore, Richard J.*
Murphy, John
Peters, Charles
Post, Emery
Richardson, Albert A.
Sager, George S.
Schmock, Henry
Schommer, Lambert
Sharp, John P.
Smith, Thomas
Trute, Frederick
Weckman, Conrad*
Willis, Walter A.
Wilson, William


Magee, Thomas
Mayer, Thomas*


Hotchkiss, John


Waldo, Anton


Koblank, Christian
Young, William*


Cockerell, Hiram
Milhollan, Charles
Wood, Samuel C.*


Jacob, John
Koblank, Christian
Traner, Hugh*
Traner, Peter H.*
Wild, Barnard
Young, William*

A number of observations can be made from this list.

There appears to be two brothers–Hugh and Peter Traner–who enlisted together.  They both wound up as privates in Company K of the 1st Illinois US L Artillery.

KublankThere seems to be some confusion about Christian Koblank since he is listed under both Shaumburgh and Shaumburg.  Both listings have him serving in Company E of the 113th Illinois US Infantry.  According to, he is buried in Hillside cemetery in Palatine, having lived from 1842 to April 13, 1913.  His marker is a military marker and has the correct spelling of his name which is Kublank.  Christian was the son of John and Elizabeth Kublank who, according to the book, Hillside Cemetery, Palatine, Illinois, came to this country in 1849 and settled in Schaumburg Township.

This brings up the most interesting observation.  By 1860, Schaumburg Township was predominantly German and yet there are only a couple of German names on this list.  After a suggestion from a friend, I checked all of the names against the 1860 census to see how many were living here right before the war started.  There were three:  Christian Kublank, John P. Sharp and George S. Sager.

Are we to suppose, then, that a number of the German residents purchased commissions for others to serve in their place? And these gentlemen then listed Schaumburg–or a variation–as their residence?

NiemeyerIn addition, I am aware of two others from Schaumburg who enlisted elsewhere.  The first is Christian Niemeyer who is buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery and served in Company H of the 4th Missouri Cavalry.  He is shown here to the left.  The second is Frederick Richmann who served as pastor at St. Peter and St. John Lutheran churches in Schaumburg Township.  He served as chaplain for the 58th regiment of the Ohio Volunteers.

If anyone can provide more information about any of these men than is given in the  Illinois Civil War Muster and Register Roll, please pass it on.  It would be interesting to hear how many of them were, in fact, residents of Schaumburg or if they were coming from some place else.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Photos are gratefully borrowed from

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