Sunday, September 18, 2016

A New Daughter of Union Veterans of the Civil War

One will never know unless one is willing to hunt it down but some of us have ancestors dating back to the Civil War, if not earlier.  For years, all I heard was that my ancestors were fairly recent immigrants to this country.  Never did I hear that I had a great great grandfather drafted into service in this bitter War between the states.  That would mean that he was alive and living on American soil in the mid 1860's.
In fact, Johan Jacob Stoebener was very much alive and living on Fell Street in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.  At the time of his marriage to Anna Marie Christofel in 1853, he listed his occupation as "miner".  He later moved ahead to become a "founder" and boiler maker most likely in Vulcan Iron Works  ( ) established in 1849 to manufacture locomotives and steam engines.

This being his second marriage (his first to Apollonia Veiock while living in Vorderweidenthal, Germany), he and Anna Marie raised two daughters of their own; Mary and Elizabeth.  Mary grew and married Henry Kropp while Elizabeth married William Lentz, became mother to Mary Lentz who became mother to my dad, Robert Henry Protz.

Johan Jacob's story of military involvement was brief but heroic none the less.  In the fall of 1862, Pennsylvania was called to organize a large body of militia to defend both the state and the Union army in the bloody battles fought in Northern Virginia.
Samuel P. Bates wrote in his History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers ( to tell of the organization and service of the Pennsylvania Militia of 1862 (vol 5, pg. 1147-1148).  He told of how then Governor Andrew Curtin issued a proclamation calling on the people of Pennsylvania to arm and prepare for defense.  According to the proclamation, all businesses were to be closed at 3pm so that proprietors and customers alike could form companies and regiments throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to be drilled and instructed as necessary.  All able bodied men were enrolled immediately for the defense of the state and provided with 60 rounds of ammunition.  Sixty thousand men were called and directed to move to the state capital.  Meanwhile, the enemy from the South pressed forward threatening the Pennsylvania border.  Jacob became part of Regiment 19, Company K and became prepared to do battle.

On September 16th and 17th, the Battle of Antietam raged but saw the rebels defeated and retreating.
The "Emergency" as it had been called was declared over and the militia regiments were ordered to return home where they were disbanded.  The longest period of service for any of the men being one month.
Surely his wife, Anna Marie and his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, were relieved if not over-joyed to welcome their father home.  Jacob continued to live and work in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania until his death in 1897.  He and Anna Marie are buried in the City Cemetery of Wilkes-Barre.

Johan Jacob Stoebener.....our Civil War ancestor and link to the DUVCW.