PRIVATE CHRISTIAN KUBLANK, CIVIL WAR SOLDIER OF SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP

Christian Kublank of Schaumburg Township made his decision to join the Union Army’s 113th Illinois Infantry Regiment on the very day that the unit was formed. The regiment held its meeting in the Methodist Church at Wood Street and Plum Grove Road on August 11, 1862.

 

An accounting of this regiment is covered extensively in the Palatine Centennial Book and states that Judge James Bradwell of Palatine helped to organize the company that became known as the Bradwell Guard. This window in the Methodist Church commemorates that organization.

Mr. Kublank must have heard talk in the area that a local company was being formed and made sure he was there for the official organization. Whether he had made up his mind before he attended the meeting, or was stirred to do so after the discussion is not known, but we do know that the Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls officially state he signed up on that very day.

The Rolls state that he was 5′ 10 with brown hair and blue eyes and was 21 years old. Interestingly, the 1860 census lists him as 16 years old which would have made him 18 years old in 1862. His tombstone says that he was born in 1842 which would have made him 20 years old in 1862. In doing a quick Ancestry search, it was confirmed on one of the family trees that Christian was born in 1842.

His parents were Jacob and Dorothea Kublank who sailed to the US from Germany. Hillside Cemetery states that “they came to Palatine Township in 1849 with their children.” This would mean Christian was a young boy of six or seven at the time.

Again, it is interesting that the Muster Rolls state his birthplace differently from Ancestry. The Rolls say that he was born in Bridgewater in Windsor County, Vermont. The Ancestry family tree confirms that he was Jacob and Dorothea’s youngest child born in Germany, even though two additional children–twins– were born after the family made their way to Illinois.

His siblings were Wilhelmina, William, Dorothy, Sophia, Elizabeth, Helen, Fred and John. Their father, Jacob, died in 1853, a mere four years after the family arrived in Illinois. Dorothea certainly had her work cut out for her.

By 1861, the Kublank family could be found on this Schaumburg Township map at the border with Palatine Township. Their property is listed at the top in the middle of the map under D. Kublank, his mother. They were farming a parcel on Plum Grove Road, south of the Methodist church where Christian enlisted.

When he left the farm to muster in with his compatriots on October 1, 1862, at Camp Hancock in Chicago, the Palatine Centennial book tells us, “Nearly all the surrounding territory turned out to bid them farewell. Their captain… was presented with a sword, the gift of the Palatine ladies.”

Christian and the men of Company E were involved in a war that would take them from Memphis to Chickasaw to Arkansas Post to Vicksburg and back to Memphis. After serving the entire duration of the war in the western campaign, he was eventually mustered out on May 28, 1865 in Memphis. He made his way back to Chicago with those who remained of the company, received his pay and was there with the company when it was disbanded on June 25. It must have been a joyous, if not somewhat bittersweet occasion.

He was incredibly fortunate to have survived. The regiment lost 1 officer and 25 enlisted men to battle wounds and a shocking 4 officers and 273 enlisted men to disease.

According to Hillside Cemetery, Christian returned to the farm. He then moved to Iowa where he lived from 1872 to 1875 in Iowa. By the 1880 census he was back in Palatine, living with his married sister, Dorothy Stroker. “He was a butcher and ran the Kublank Market on Brockway Street. In 1901 he ran for town collector as an independent and defeated the party nominee” according to the cemetery book.

By 1907 Christian was living at the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home that was built specifically to house Civil War veterans and is pictured above. In a mention from the Cook County Herald of November 1, 1907, Christian “says there is no town like Milwaukee, nor no place like the Home, where they have Sunday every day. Good clothes, plenty to eat, money in the pocket and excitement all the time.”

He lived another 5 1/2 years and during that time, Hillside Cemetery says that he was receiving his pension for a disease of the eye. On April 24, 1913 he died at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago.

 

Christian is buried in the Kublank plot at the Hillside Cemetery in Palatine where he is honored with a tombstone from both his family and the military. And rightfully so.

For three years Christian, George Sager and John Sharp served their country in a conflict that took them from the homes, farms and families they knew in Schaumburg Township to battlefields and hospitals across the country. Private Sharp died in one of those hospitals. Private Sager found a life in southern Illinois but died, still a young man. And Private Kublank lived to the age of 70 with a condition that he incurred in the war. None of them escaped unscathed but they were all Civil War heroes of Schaumburg Township.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

For additional information on the 113th Illinois Infantry Regiment, please see the Palatine Historical Society’s account

Photo credit for the Methodist Church stained glass window is given to the Palatine Historical Society.

Photo credit for the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home is given to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

 

 

2 Responses to “PRIVATE CHRISTIAN KUBLANK, CIVIL WAR SOLDIER OF SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP”

  1. David Olson Says:

    I’ve loved these 3 stories, Jane! Thanks!

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you David. You might have enjoyed this one more if I’d added the photos I intended for the post. They are there now!

      Truly, these three posts were so interesting to research and write. It is always amazing what can be found that can contribute to the overall picture of these veterans.

      They deserve to have their story written.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library
      jrozek@stdl.org

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