Cook County
Civil War Volunteer Enlistment Affidavits for August 1862
(appear to be for foreign-born citizens only)

©Transcribed by Kim Torp

These are original affidavits on pre-printed forms with spaces for folks to fill in the blanks. The wording of the pre-printed form is as follows (numbers inserted by me and correspond to the table of info below):



State of Illinois - Town of #1

I, #2 , born in #3 in the State of #4, aged #5 years, and by occupation a #6, DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this (date) day of (month) 18(year) to serve as a SOLDIER in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority. Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I (#2) do solemnly swear, that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

Sworn and subscribe to at [Chicago] this (date #7) before _____ (name of recruiting officer [not included here])

I CERTIFY ON HONOR, that I have carefully examined the above named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would, in any way, disqualify him from performing the duties of a solider.
Examining Surgeon.

I CERTIFY ON HONOR, that I have minutely inspected the Volunteer #2 previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when he enlisted; that to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualifed to perfrom the duties of an able-bodied solider, I have strictly observed the Regulations which goven the recruiting service.

This soldier has #10 eyes, #11 hair, #12 complexion, is #13 feet, #13 inches high.

Recruiting Officer.


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#10
Eyes

#11
Hair

#12
Complex

#13
Height

South Chicago Martin Kindermann Stettin Kingdom of Prussia 21 music teacher 5 Aug 1869 brown black fair 5' 4"
Will County Jacob Gloor (?) Bittwiel (?) Kanton Aargan Switzerland 27 farmer 11 Aug 1862 grey dark blond red 5'5"
South Chicago Johann Fred Huck Wanderslebin Kingdom of Prussia 31 baker 8 Aug 1862 grey brown dark 5'4"
Chicago John Hartz
(his signature spells it Johan Harz)
  Prussia 27 brewer 12 Aug 1862 blue dark dark 5'8"
Proviso Christian Kesfel Gololauterbigduhl Prussia 21 farmer 10 Aug 1862 hazel dark light 5'6"
Winfield Louis Meinighaus
(also spelled Meinighausen)
Dartmemel ??? 42 cooper 1 Aug 1862 blue brown light 5'7"
South Chicago August Goeldner Fellendorf Prussia 43 clerk 12 Aug 1862 blue light fair 5'4"
Winfield Andrew Baumartner Baden Germany 40 mason 5 Aug 1862 gray brown dark 5'4"
South Chicago Leopold Blauer Oberndorf Durbenberg 27 brewer 8 Aug 1862 gray brown fair 5'8"
West Chicago Victor Wilhem Froelich   king of Nortembarger 40 printer 9 Aug 1862 brown brown dark 5'6"
Chicago John Klaus Westpfahl Holstein Germany 35 Kooper 9 Aug 1862 hazel dark fair 5'5"
South Chicago Gustav Speidel
(signature is Gustavus Speidel)
Wartemberg Germany 32 apothecary 25 Jul 1862 blue light fair 6'10 ½ "
Chicago John Hartung
(signed his mark)
  Prussia 34 mechanic 9 Aug 1862 blue dark ruddy 5'8
Chicago Wilhelm Ritter Sunetheim Kingdom of Wurtemburg 29 laborer 7 Aug 1862 grey dark fair 5'4"
Chicago Frederick Doring Wurenberg Kingdom of Bavaria 31 laborer 7 Aug 1862 blue dark fair 5'8 ½"
Monee, Will Co Justis Warnike (? very light) Einbeck kingdom of Hanover 28 farmer 11 Aug 1862 blue light ruddy 5' 9 3/4"
West Chicago Jasper Greene
(also spelled Casper Greene - the signature is nothing similar to either one - Rafguer Greuns)
Albeck Kingdom of Wortenburg 24 baker 9 Aug 1862 dark brown fair 5'6"
Monee, Will Co Ede Heinrich Carstens Heppers? Oldenburg 21? farmer 11 Aug 1862 blue light ruddy 5'10"
Monee, Will Co August Heart Freiburg Prussia 23 musician 20 Aug 1862 blue ? ruddy 5'5"
York, Dupage Co Heinrich Heller Hanover Germany 35 farmer 1 Aug 1862 blue light light 5'11"
Chicago Englebert Bantle   Wortemburg 19 baker 9 Aug 1862 blue dark fair 5'7"
South Chicago John J Serres
(His signature looks nothing like that)
Hillesheim Kingdom of Prussia 18 shoemaker 15 Aug 1862 gray brown fair 5'4"
South Chicago Henry C. Capel (Cafel?) Kurhessen Germany 32 baker 5 Aug 1862 blue brown light 5'6"

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