BMG  ★  Willich, August Von

August Von Willich


Born: November 19, 1810

Birthplace: Braunsberg Province, East Prussia

Father: Johann Georg N.W. Willich

Mother: Elisabeth Michalowski 1781 – 1851


Attended Military Academy at Berlin​
Learned the trade of Carpenter​

Occupation before War:

Early Embraced the teachings of Karl Marx and firm believer​
1828 – 1846: Served in the Prussian Army rising to 2nd​ Lt.​
1853: Immigrated to the United States​
Carpenter in Brooklyn, New York​
Editor of German Language labor Newspaper in Cincinnati, Ohio​

Civil War Career:

1861: Adjutant and Lt. of 9th​ Ohio Infantry Regiment​
1861: Major of 9th​ Ohio Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in the Battle of Rich Mountain, Western Virginia​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 32nd​ Indiana Infantry Regiment​
1861: Led his men at the Battle of Rowlett’s Station, Kentucky​
1862: Commended for his leadership at the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1862: Served in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky
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1862: Captured at the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee​
1862 – 1863: Prisoner of War held at Libby Prison​
1863: Paroled by the Confederate Army in May​
1863: Division Commander at the Battle of Chickamauga​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee​
1864: Brigade Commander in the Atlanta Georgia Campaign​
1864: Wounded at the Battle of Resaca, Georgia​
1864 – 1865: Union Army Post Commander in Kentucky​
1865: Brevetted Major General for his service in the War​
1865: Resigned from the Union Army on October 21st​

Occupation after War:

Hamilton County, Ohio Auditor​
Traveled to Germany during the War between Germany and France​
Offered his Services to William I of Germany​
Attended lectures by Karl Marx​
Suffered from Paralysis from Arm and his hand​

Died: January 22, 1878

Place of Death: St. Marys, Ohio

Age at time of Death: 67 years old

Burial Place: Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, Ohio
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
His capture at Murfreesboro was due to his having his horse shot out from under him while leading a brigade. He was held prisoner until May 1863. His wound to the shoulder at Reseca was so severe that he had to give up field duty.

Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Attended lectures by Karl Marx
Really weird, seeing one of Marx's peer's in the Communist party commanding Union troops in the war. If I recall, he and Schimmelfennig were both members of the wing against Marx that was more directed towards previous socialist doctrines. I am certainly no expert though.
Certainly they weren't the only pro-communist Generals the army has had. I believe Smedley Butler was probably one, though I need to read more on him, could be wrong and I was making assumptions.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He offered his service to Wilhelm l of Germany but it was rejected due to age. This is the same monarch that he tried to dethrone years before and had to flee Europe because of.