charles facius          Pvt. Charles Frederick Facius

Co. E -2nd Regiment Missouri Infantry Volunteers

Co. G – 15th Regiment Missouri Infantry Volunteers

2nd Division 4th Army Corp

Charles Frederick Facius was born May 11, 1842 at Luebbecke, Westphalia, Germany. In 1857, at the age of 15, he immigrated to America on the sail ship Achilles. It took nine weeks and three days to cross the ocean. After landing at New Orleans, he settled for three months in St. Louis.

He enlisted in the Union Army on October 1, 1861 as a private in Company E, 2nd Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He later served in Company G, 15th Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry and the 2nd Division, 4th Army Corp. Charles was a bugler and he fought in many of the southern battles of the Civil War. He was honorable discharged on Christmas Day 1865.

Some of the battles he fought in were:

Battle of Pea Ridge, Siege of Corinth, Battle of Perryville, Battle of Stone's River, Battle of Chickamauga, Siege of Chattanooga, Dandridge, Dallas, New Hope Church, Assault on Kennesaw Mountain, Ruff's Station, Peach Tree Creek, Battle of Jonesboro, Spring Hill, Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville.

After the war Charles settled near Bay in Gasconade County, Missouri as a farmer. On April 5, 1866 he married Mary A.C. Nolting (b.1835 Prussia – d. 1899 Franklin County, MO). The union was blessed with seven children, of whom three sons and one daughter preceded their parents in death. In 1880, Charles settled permanently on Hwy. C, which is north of Port Hudson, Missouri.

Charles was a faithful member of St. John's Evangelical Church (now known as St. John's United Church of Christ) in Casco, Missouri for over seventy years. He was one of the leading singers in the church and neighbors often heard him playing Taps on his bugle. Charles peacefully passed away on October 5, 1939 at the age of 97 years. The funeral rites were conducted on October 8, 1939 at St. John's Evangelical Church. The Legionary Post of New Haven observed the military rites at the church cemetery. More than 200 people attended the very impressive funeral service. Three children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survived Charles.

The surviving children and grandchildren were:

Gustave C. Facius – no children           

Bertha Facius Tacke – children – Edwin, Julius and Florence Tacke                 

Louise Facius Verman – children- Freda Verman Hartmann, Louis Verman, Mildred Verman Wolf,       Gladiolus Verman and Clarence Verman

Clarence Verman married grances Riegel in 1933. Their children were Ruth M. Verman (born in 1934) and C. Allen Verman (born in 1949).

Ruth Verman married Frank W. Eggers III in 1954. They have four children, Elizabeth Ann Eggers Balling, Phillip James Eggers, Anthony Douglas Eggers and Patricia Louise Eggers.

Submitted by: Ruth Verman Eggers - Great-granddaughter