William Frederick Wernse ~ Civil War Enlistment Paper

Below is a photo of Wm. F. Wernse, I believe, in his civil war uniform. I don’t know what type of photograph this is, but it seems to be the original. The image below is digitally enhanced as the original is too dark to see.

Below is the Civil War enlistment document of Wm. F. Wernse. Transcription follows.

No. 21022



City of Jefferson, Aug 25, 1896

It is Hereby Certified, That according to the Records

of this office, Wm F. Wernze (should be spelled “Wernse”) Enlisted on

the twenty eigth day of August 1861, at Nashville Illinois and was mustered into service as a

Private in company E., Tenth Regiment Infantry Missouri Volunteers for ——– years

unless sooner discharged, on the thirty first day of

August 1861, at Pacific Mo and Mustered out Aug 24, 1964

(signature) J A ___?___


This certificate is furnished free of charge upon application of the soldier or any member of his family.


  • Ryan Weitz

    December 14, 2008

    I just came across the site and am grateful for everything you’ve put online.
    I am researching the Wernse family because William F was cousins with Mary Kielhorn (1880 Census). Mary is a distant cousin of mine as well. I have figured out that Mary must be related to the Wernse’s through her mother Louisa. Louisa was born in Hannover around 1827 and married to Henry Kielhorn. They had two girls, Mary and Helen, both born in MO.
    I’d like to talk to you some more sometime about the Wernse and Hintze families to try to find the connection.
    I wanted to comment on this article because I have noticed a mistake in your transcription. William enlisted in Nashville, Illinois, not Tennessee. William is also found living in Nashville, Ill during the 1860 Census.
    Ryan Weitz

  • beckerp

    February 28, 2009

    Hi Ryan,

    I had sent you an email in regards to Mary Kielhorn but haven’t heard back from you. Perhaps you didn’t receive it. If not, please get in touch with me via my blog again. I would like to hear more about what info you have and share what I have.

    Thanks for making contact! ~Paula

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