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July 26, 2015

Civil War

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

During the Civil War while many of the men who enlisted to fulfill the Schaumburg Township quota were paid replacements, some local men did serve.  Two local men were members of the 8th Illinois Cavalry:  George Sager, Co. E, 8th IL Cavalry (1843-1879) and John P. Sharp, Co. D, 8th IL Cavalry (1838/9-1862).

John P. Sharp was born in NY and farmed with his father in Schaumburg Township in section 34, in the far southeastern part of the township, according to the 1860 Census and 1861 plat map. He enlisted at Bloomingdale, IL for 3 years in September 1861.  His regiment went by train to Washington City (D. C.).  He was admitted to the hospital in January and died of disease in February 1862.  According to National Park Service information, the 8th IL Cavalry lost 7 officers and 68 enlisted men, killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 174 enlisted men by disease.

sager 1George S. Sager was also born in NY and in the 1860 Census he was farming with his father in section 9, in an area north of present day Hoffman Estates High School.  His father and younger siblings are buried at Greve Cemetery in Hoffman Estates.  During his military service he was wounded by a ball in the left thigh at the charge of Barbees Cross Roads, VA. and captured July 3, 1864 at Monocacy, MD, and was prisoner of war in Richmond, VA.  He survived the war but died at 35 leaving a widow and four children.  Her petitions for widow’s benefits attributed his early death to his military service.

Sunday, July 26 from Noon to 4 pm the Historical Sites Commission and the Hoffman Estates Museum will host an Open House at Sunderlage farmhouse, 1775 Vista Lane, Hoffman Estates.  Featured at this event will be the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry who will show equipment and camp life of the Civil War cavalry men.

The Kishwaukee Ramblers will provide musical entertainment beginning at 1:30 pm and the Schaumburg Township Historical Society will have an ice cream social with free ice cream with your choice of toppings.

Many thanks to Nancy Lyons who provided the historic details of the Schaumburg Township men who served in the Civil War.

Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Village Historian

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July 14, 2013

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

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