Max Van Bosch 15th NY Heavy Artillery & Black Servant George Williams

midwestjoe

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This is unusual as I didn't know Union Soldiers had African American servants. There was an African American soldier George Washington Williams but that would be remote.

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midwestjoe

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This is unusual as I didn't know Union Soldiers had African American servants. There was an African American soldier George Washington Williams but that would be remote.

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Born in Neuenhaus, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany on 1838 to Herman von Bosch and Julie Meyer. Max von Bosch had 7 children. He passed away on 2 Jan 1889 in Brooklyn, NY
 

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The first Pennsylvania troops that went through Baltimore in 1861 bound for Washington had a black servant with one of the men. This servant was injured by a rock thrown from the crowd. (Diary of Captain Wren).
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The first Pennsylvania troops that went through Baltimore in 1861 bound for Washington had a black servant with one of the men. This servant was injured by a rock thrown from the crowd. (Diary of Captain Wren).
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Interesting. I guess the soldiers who could individually afford and needed a servant did that.
 

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Certainly there were blacks who, taking advantage of the confusion that war brought to an area, fled slavery and came to the Union camps. There they were able to attach themselves as servants to officers and go north with those men when they returned home. Maine has had the good fortune to have several of these resourceful fellows settle here.
 
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Born in Neuenhaus, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

Small correction here, as we are all history buffs and interested is historical accuracy.
The name probably is Max von Bosch ("von" is German "van" is Dutch)
His birthplace Neuenhaus is a small community that had belonged to the Prussian province of Hannover (formerly the Kingdom of Hannover) at that time. The modern German state Lower Saxony, of which the city of Hannover is capital was only founded in 1946, after World War II. It is a sort of artificial fusion made up from the former Prussian province of Hannover and the Duchies Brunswick, Oldenburg and Schaumburg-Lippe. At the time of his birth, a state named "Germany" did not yet exist, there was just a multitude of smaller or larger kingdoms and duchies that occupied the territory now known as "Germany".
Therefore, the correct name of his birthplace is simply "Neuenhaus, Hannover"

Here is the Wikipedia entry about his birthplace:

For those who are futher interested in German regional history:

 
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