Quartermaster Sgt. Louis Wirthlin

Co. K – 48th Regiment Missouri Infantry

Leodegar Wirthlin (1814-1867) was born in Möhlin, Switzerland. After his father died he and his family moved to France. While living in France, Leodegar changed his name to Louis. He also got married to Elizabeth DeDeldenbach (1813-1896). He and his family then immigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1840 where his Uncle Leo had gone previously around 1834. Louis and Elizabeth's surviving children were Louis, Robert, Mary and Johannah. Their son Louis was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 2, 1842.

During the turmoil in St. Louis preceding the Civil War Louis and his brother Robert volunteered for the 1st Regiment, U.S. Reserve Corps, Missouri Infantry on May 7, 1861. Louis was mustered in as a private in Company D for 3 months service. When discharged from Company D he re-enlisted in Company G, 1st U.S. Reserve Corps with the rank of Corporal on September 2, 1861, was promoted to Sergeant on February 1, 1862 and then to 1st Sergeant on May 1, 1862. Both Louis and Robert then attended Jones Commercial College on 3rd Street near Washington Avenue. Louis re-enlisted in the Union Army at Rolla on November 17, 1864 as a private in Company K, 48th Missouri Infantry commanded by John Moss. Due to his clerical training at Jones Commercial College, he was assigned clerical duties at the Regimental Headquarters. He applied for a formal clerkship, but instead was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant on March 18, 1865. His unit went to Tennessee and camped at Spring Hill, then to Columbia. In January 1865 the unit was transferred to Camp Douglas near Chicago to guard prisoners of war. Louis was mustered out as a quartermaster sergeant on June 29, 1865.

He then worked as a clerk at his father's plant, Wirthlin and Weindel Woodware Manufacturers, a cooperage.

In 1867, he married Margaret Guitar. Louis died in 1877 and was buried at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Florence Wirthlin a charter member of Julia Dent Grant Tent #16 (Initiated 8-22-1931) was born November 8, 1894, in St. Louis to Oliver R. Wirthlin (1867-1933) and Minnie Heufling. Oliver was the oldest son of Louis.

Florence was enumerated on the 1900 census with her parents residing at 2248 Missouri Avenue. She is listed in the St. Louis Directories 1913 and 1915 as a steno residing 3630 A California Avenue. In 1891, Florence's future husband Fred Kraushaar was listed as living across the street at 3627 California Avenue. He was born February 1883 in St. Louis.

Florence and Fred were married on June 2, 1915 in St. Louis. They had two children, Fred and Margaret. Fred died in 1946. Florence died June 1965 in Thonotosassa, Florida and is buried in St. Louis at Vahalla Cemetery.

Their son Fred married Mildred Schirr in 1941. Fred died in 1993 and Mildred currently resides in St. Louis.

A biography of Louis Wirthlin, Quartermaster Sergeant was originally submitted for charter member Florence in Volume II, St. Louis-Our Civil War Heritage that was published in July 1992.