Minnesota Battle Flag George Giebenhain

Name: George Giebenhain
Company: F
  • Date:  March 29 (1821?)
  • Place: Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Mustered In
  • Date: November 1, 1864
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: 38?
  • Residence following military service: Germany; New York State; Illinois; Crystal Lake, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Milwaukee
  • Vocation following military service: Farmer

  • Date: April 4, 1907
  • Place:  unknown
  • Burial:  Assumption Cemetery, New Hope, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Mustered Out
  • Date: September 6, 1865
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: about 39?
  • Residence following military service: Crystal Lake, Hennepin County, Minnesota; National Soldiers Home, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Vocation following military service: Farmer

George Giebenhain Biography and Civil War Narrative

George Giebenhain was born in Darmstadt, Hesse (Germany), on March 29. (Various sources state or suggest birth years between 1821 and 1830.) He immigrated to America in 1850 where he first stayed two years in the state of New York and three years in Illinois, finally settling in Crystal Lake Township, Hennepin County, Minnesota, in 1855. He married Margaret Schaefer (one source gives her last name as Schofield) of Crystal Lake in 1855. Margaret was born in Prussia (Germany) on August 6, 1832.

Census records are not very consistent in naming George and Margaret's children. About 1856 (perhaps March), George and Margaret had a daughter, Louisa (aka Elizabeth and Lizzie). Sons Albert, Nick, William, and Charles were born about 1857 (February?), 1858, 1860, and 1863 (February?) respectively. A daughter, Catherine, was born about 1864-1865.

On November 4, 1864, George Giebenhain enlisted in Company F of the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He was one of the very last soldiers to join the regiment. Apparently he was transported south in time to fight in the Battle of Nashville. He most likely connected with the 5th Minnesota in St. Louis, Missouri, before they left for Nashville on riverboats on November 24. In the spring of 1865, the 5th Minnesota also participated in the Campaign against Mobile, Alabama, and her defenses. After the Confederates surrendered, they served garrison duty at Montgomery, Selma, and Demopolis, Alabama. Private Giebenhain was discharged with the regiment on September 6, 1865.

After George returned to his family and farm in Crystal Lake, Minnesota, he and Margaret had additional children: son Peter (born April 1868?), twin boys, Frank and Edward (born January 22, 1873?), and daughter Aldena (born July 1875?).
The 1880 census also shows two other children living in the Giebenhain household: Elizabeth and Margaret Garity, ages 12 and 10 respectively.

According to George E. Warner's "History of Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis [Minnesota]," George and Margaret actually had 12 children, but two of them were no longer living in 1881. Warner notes that George Giebenhain had "270 acres, 130 under cultivation."

Soldiers Home, MilwaukeeThe 1900 Federal Census shows George and Margaret living in Crystal Lake Township, Minnesota, along with their son Peter (Farm Laborer) and daughter Aldena (House Maid).

George Giebenhain grave stoneFrom October 7, 1899, to October 4, 1900, George Giebenhain was listed as a resident of the National Soldiers Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In June 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Milwaukee Soldiers Home as one of 11 most endangered historic sites.

On September 7, 1901, Margaret Giebenhain died and was buried in Assumption Cemetery, New Hope, Hennepin County, Minnesota. George Giebenhain died five and a half years later on April 4, 1907, but apparently not in Minnesota. He was also buried in Assumption Cemetery.

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