Scarce cdv of German General August Willich. Take some time and look up his name on the web, he was quite a firecracker for sure, especially before & during the war.
Wear and trimming as shown, no b/m, but you can partially see the "Webster Bros" imprint from Lexington, KY on the lower front mount.
Pretty tough guy to find, I am pleased to offer him for sale now.
$275.00 plus shipping
The late August Willich, prominent Auglaize Co. Civil War Veteran, who won considerable acclaim as the commander of the "Boys in Blue" in their fight to stomp out slavery, before immigrating to this country from his native Germany, served as the commander of the revolutionary forces and a leader of the working class in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the government of that country in 1848 and 1849. He was born in Braunsberg, Prussia. At the age of 12 was appointed a cadet at a military school and three years later entered the military academy in Berlin wherein 1828, he was commissioned lieutenant of the artillery. Democratic sentiments were prevalent among the officers and in 1848 he was forced to flee to Switzerland and decided to immigrate to America. He was captured on his way to England and returned to Germany where Napoleon released him in response to public demonstrations. In 1858, he accepted an editorial position with the "German Republican of Cincinnati" and at the start of the Civil war enlisted as a private. His daring and bravery won him promotions at Rich Mountain to Colonel, and Green River to Brigadier General. His career was crowned with one of the grandest feats of the war at Mission Ridge. " In the action of the third day, after Sherman's unsuccessful charges and Grant gave his well-known order for the center to take the enemy's works at the foot of the ridge and stay there. Willich's and Hazen's brigades were at the front with Sheridan's and other divisions at the rear." The whole line moved in double-quick through woods and fields and carried works-Willich's brigades going up under concentrated fire of batteries at a point where the two roads met. At this point, General Willich said that he saw to obey General Grant's order to remain at the works at the foot of the ridge would mean the destruction of the center. To fall back would mean the loss of the battle, with the sacrifice of Sherman. "Willich then issued his own orders by sending three aides to different regiments and rode himself to the 8th Kansas and gave the order to storm the top of the ridge. How brilliantly the order was executed is well known as it gave the northerners one of the greatest victories of the war" (Reid-"Ohio in the War") After the war he was placed in command of a post in Cincinnati, later returning to active duty and accompanied his brigade to Texas, returning as a Brevet Major General. He was elected auditor of Hamilton Co. and served one term before returning to Germany to study at the University of Berlin. In 1870, he requested re-entry to the army. He was denied and returned to the United States and was persuaded to settle in St. Marys, Ohio, by his army friend, Major Charles Hipp. He died in bed on Jan. 23, 1878. His funeral was reported in the St. Marys Argus Newspaper on Jan. 26, 1878, as one of the largest in St. Marys with hundreds and hundreds in the funeral procession.
"But Willich's views were much further to the left than mere Republicanism allowed. Willich was forced to flee to London after the uprisings of 1848 were largely put down. That suppression only strengthened his resolve and pushed him further. He became a Communist to the left of even Karl Marx, a man considered by Willich and his associates to be too conservative to be the face of the movement. While Willich's friends plotted to kill Marx, Willich simply insulted the writer publicly and challenged him to a duel. Marx declined, but a close friend of Marx decided to fight the duel – and was wounded for his troubles."