Sunday, May 10, 2009

Frank Kaulfersch - updated 1/17/2016

Frank or Franz Kaulfersch, also known as “Franz Kaulfirshbeck,” was born in 1810 in Austria or Germany.

“Frank” was probably the same “Fr. Kaulfersch,” born about 1810 in Austria, who was married to Clara (b. c. 1813 in Austria), and they had two children Franz (b. 1850) and Amalie (b. 1856), He left Austria with his family sometime between 1850 and 1856, eventually settling in Michigan. By 1860 “Fr” was working as a tailor and living with his wife and two children in Detroit’s 4th Ward, Wayne County.

He stood 5’6” with gray eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion and was a musician possibly living in Kent County when he enlisted at the age of 51 in the Band on June 10, 1861. He was discharged for “old age” on November 19, 1861, at Fort Lyon, Virginia. According to the Regimental surgeon, Dr. Zenas Bliss, Kaulfirsh was suffering from “the infirmation of years: the exposures of the service have brought upon him erratic rheumatic pains, with loss of appetite, and complete inability to perform duty.”

There is no further record.

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