Charles Frederick Wacker / Karl Friedrich Wacker
Born Feb. 3rd 1834 in Waibstadt, Baden Germany and died
March 24th 1911 in Mobile Alabama
Charles Frederick Wacker (Karl Friedrich), a 19 year old farm boy from Waibstadt, Baden Germany, made his way to the seaport of Bremerhaven Germany in 1853. there boarded the 331-Ton bark “Favorite” along with others seeking to make a new life in North America free from political oppression and conscription into the German Army. Under the mastery of Captain B. Hey, they made their way through the North Sea, down the English Channel and set out southerly and Westward across the Atlantic into the Caribbean. Sailing past Cuba they turned northward into the Gulf of Mexico and on to the Port of New Orleans Louisiana. They arrived on January 26 1854.
The immigrant ship "Favorite" was accidentally rammed and sunk by another ship in the
English Channel on Its very next voyage to America. Only the captain and 4 crewmen survived.
Al Immigrants, about 180 in all were never seen again.
1853 Departed Bremerhaven Germany for America December?
1854 Arrived in the port New Orleans Louisiana January 24
185? Moved to Springhill (Mobile) Alabama
1858 Received U. S. Citizenship July 19th as Charles F. "WALKER" in City Court at Mobile Alabama
Immigrant surnames were often misspelled. This was due in part to: Immigration Officials and persons of other nationalities not being familiar with names foreign to their own culture, and also, due to the heavy accents of the immigrants themselves. As a result of this problem Charles Frederick "WACKER" Sr. was sometimes called “Walker”.
The deed document dividing his mother-in-law Mary Ann Lucas-Tosh-Flannery's property between his wife Mary Ann Tosh-Wacker and his sister-in-law Margaret Tosh-Pitroff dated August 8th 1877 recorded in deed book 037 pages 363-365 in The Office of the Judge of Probate Court for Mobile County, Alabama, and personally attested to by the Judge of Probate, Price Williams Jr. himself, states that Charles F. WACKER Sr. is “sometimes called Walker”.
The original 1860 U. S. Census field document plainly and clearly list Charles and his wife Mary Ann as “WACKER”, yet the later transcribed published record shows them as “Walker”. This was only one (1) year prior to his enlistment in the army of The Confederate States of America wherein his service record lists him as C. F. “Walker“.
The later 1880 U. S. Census field document list them, and seven (7) of their eight (8) children, as “Walker” and the transcribed published record once again list them as “Walker”.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History records of members serving in the army of the Confederate States of America, Wilcox Brigade, Eighth Alabama Infantry, Company “G” has no listing for C. F. “Walker“, but instead list C. F. “WACKER“.
The Alabama State Department of Archives and History publication, The Alabama Historical Quarterly XXXIX, 1977, No. 1,2,3 and 4 page 270 Appendix K list: “2nd Lt. Charles F. Walker (WACKER)”
The Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865 Volume XXV published by the Broadfoot Publishing Company 1996, lists “Walker, Charles F. AL 8th Inf. Co. G 2nd Lt.”.
The 1906 hand written deed executed by Charles F. WACKER Sr. on February 15 conveying his property to his eight (8) his children as recorded February 23 1906 in deed book 121 pages 299-300 in the Office of The Judge of Probate for Mobile County, Alabama states in part “and also in consideration of the love and affection which I __?___ my children who are the grantees herein, I Charles F. WACKER Sr. do remise, release, quite claim, and convey unto”. Then he proceeds to name the same seven (7) children, plus a later born child, listed along with he and Mary Ann erroneously in the 1860 and 1880 U. S. Censuses under the name Walker, by the surname WACKER.
Clearly his name was WACKER and not Walker and the errors were made by others as all documents to which a signature is affixed are signed Charles F. WACKER Sr. All of his descendants then and today have the same surname, i.e. “WACKER”.
1859 Married Mary Ann Tosh in Springhill (Mobile), Alabama the daughter of John and Mary Ann Lucas-Tosh (Later Mary Ann Lucas-Tosh-Flannery), French immigrants living at Springhill (Mobile), Alabama
1861 Enlisted “for the war” with the rank of Lance Corporal in the army of the Confederate States of America, Alabama Eighth (8th) Infantry Company “G”, know as the “Mobile German Fusiliers” at Mobile, Alabama
Alabama's eighth infantry is distinguished as the very first regiment of THE ENTIRE confederate army to enlist “for the war”
1861 Son Charles Frederick Wacker Jr was born. He Married Hannah O’Neil and together they had two (2) CHILDREN who lived past infancy, namely Charles Frederick Wacker III and John Conrad Wacker
Company Muster roll, for June 8th to June 30th L Corp. Charles Walker
Company Muster roll, For July August Mobile, Alabama, L Corp. Charles F. Walker, Present, Enlisted May 25th 1861 “for the war” at Mobile, Alabama by Captain John P. Emrich, Remarks: Quartermaster Sgt.
HISTORY OF SERVICE WITH THE EIGHTH ALABAMA INFANTRY
1861 York Town Virginia, Staged there for first eleven months of service
1862 Winn’s Mill Engaged in skirmish near there
The Alabama Eighth Infantry was Placed IN GENERAL Pryor's Brigade
1862 Williamsburg May 5th overtaken by ENEMY 100 men lost
Fair Oaks May 31ST AND June 1st
Seven Pines 32 killed, 80 wounded, 32 missing
The Alabama Eighth Infantry was transferred to the brigade of General Cadmus Wilcox
1862 Mechanicsville June 26th
Gaines’ Mill June 28TH LOST 175, (1/2) of 350 men engaged, 3rd sergt. C. F. Walker distinguished himself in battle for which his name was to be placed on the ROLL of HONOR of Confederate Soldiers (The very highest honor award of the Confederate Army)
Frazier’s Farm June 30th, 180 engaged 90 met muster the next morning
Second battle of Manassas Somewhat engaged, lost 60 men
Harper’s Ferry Somewhat engaged
Antietam (Sharpsburg), September 17th Heavily engaged 67 killed and wounded
Wintered at Rappahannock
Salem Church, 58 killed and wounded
December 27th, 1ST. Serg’t. Chas. F. Walker received pay for period of service from June 30th to October 12th 1862, Promoted to 2nd Lt.
1863 Gettysburg, July 3rd, Fought with General Robert Edward Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, MAJ.GEN. James Longstreet's Command, MAJ.GEN. Richard Herndon Anderson's Division, Col. Alfred Cumming's Wilcox (Cummings) Brigade, Maj. Hillary A. Hebert's 8th Alabama Infantry, Capt. John P. Emrch's Company "G" "Mobile Fusiliers" 420 ENGAGED, more than 1/2 or 260 left killed and wounded on the battle field. While engaged in battle there 2nd Lt. C. F. Walker sustained an enemy gunshot wound in the left shoulder and side, “left in enemy lines” reads the report. He was captured and sent to the Union field hospital at Delaware.
July 4th admitted 12th A. C General Field Hospital A. P. Gettysburg PA.
July 6th transferred to General hospital …Gunshot wound in lt shoulder and side.
Muster Roll Company G 8TH Alabama “Absent” POW “left in enemy lines“.
JULY? POW at Fort Mc Henry Transferred to Fort Delaware
July 21st, transferred from Fort Delaware to Johnson Island Prison for Confederate Officers in Lake Erie at Sandusky Ohio. in charge of Lt Wm. Hall
1864 Muster Roll 8th Alabama Co. G “absent” POW
August 10th, Name placed on "ROLL of HONOR" of Confederate Soldiers. for bravery at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill
After his capture his Company “G” went on to fight the following listed battles:
1864 The Wilderness May 5th, 6th and 7th
Spotsylvania May 8th to 18th
Salem Church, Cold Harbor June 1st to 12th
Weldon RAILROAD JUNE 22nd and 23RD FORMED a portion of the troops engaged
The “Crater” AT Deep Bottom July 30th outstanding in battle.
PETERSBURG, Somewhat engaged in the battle at the plank road below Petersburg.
1865 March 21st transferred from Johnson Island Prison to Point Lookout Md. For exchange.
June 12th Oath of Allegiance attested to at Fort Delaware, Released,
Complexion: fair, Hair: light. Eyes: dark, Height: 5 ft. 8 in
Released 1,000 miles from home ... no horse, no gun, no money and no food
More than one-third (470) OF the 1377 ON the roll of the Alabama Eighth were killed, mortally wounded, or died of DISEASE. 236 others were discharged or transferred. the remaining 671 returned home with honor still proud of their service to The Confederate States of America
1865 Returned to HIS WAITING family, wife, Mary Ann and young son Charles Frederick Jr at MOBILE, ALABAMA. It had been four (4) hard years for all of them, including the better part of two (2) years he spent as a prisoner of war. Afterwards together he and Mary Ann had seven (7) MORE CHILDREN, namely:
1866? Louis Julius Wacker BORN??? (Married Margaret Betbeze and after her death married Rose Hofheins) 0 children w/Margaret, 3 w/Rose
1868? Emma Wacker, born?? (Married James Griffith Jr) 1 child (died at birth)
1870 John Conrad Wacker, born August 17th he Married Elizabeth Margaret Hoffmann and they had two (2) children
1872 Delphine Wacker, born December 18th (Married Edward Wilmer Hansen) 11 children including ONE (1) stillborn
1874 Catherine Fannie Wacker, born November 8th (Married Frank C. Hofheins)
4 children lived to maturity
1877 Dora Ann Wacker, born November 20th (Married William J. Scott) 2 children
1882 Mary Magdalene Wacker, born April 14th (Married Charles F. Hofheins) 1 child (died at birth)
The above biography is from information obtained from numerous sources by descendants of Charles Frederick WACKER. Footnote source documentation to be added later as this is a work in progress and information is still being gathered.