Bio: Bracht, Richard A. W.
Contact: Lani Bartelt

----Sources: Family Records

Richard A W Bracht

Richard A.W. Bracht was the son of F.M. Bracht and Albertine (Dearnfeldt) Bracht. Albertine was b Sep 1816 in Bernstein, Prussia and that is also where she and F. M. Bracht were married. They immigrated to the United States in 1853 and in 1854 they settled in Sun Prairie, Wis. where F. M. Bracht would live out his life and he is probably buried there too. He died about 1871. Albertine would spend the last ten years of her life living with her son, Richard Bracht in Colby, Clark County, Wis. She enjoyed good health until about six weeks before her death. She died 2 Sept 1881. She is buried at Colby Memorial Cemetery, Colby, Clark County, Wis. At the time of her death she left to mourn her three children: Richard of Colby, Wis. and two daughters.

Lani note - (The daughters are not mentioned by name or location in her obit so no other Information is known about them at this time)

Barbara (Drott) Bracht, wife of Richard Bracht, was b 27 Aug 1853 in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. and that is where she lived until 1881 when she came to visit her sister, Mrs. John Roth at Hull, Clark County, Wis. Here she met and fell in love with Richard Bracht.

On 25 Dec 1881 they were married. They had no children of their own so they adopted a daughter (name not listed). About March 1, 1898 Barbara became ill with la grippe but she had become well enough to take midday meals with her family. On Friday, 6 May 1898 she seemed in good spirits and sat up a little longer. Just after dinner she complained of fatigue and dizziness and was assisted to her bed. At about 2 pm she sat up and said she was going to faint and dropped back on the pillows. Her sister called Mr. Bracht into the room but found she had died.

The funeral was held at the M.E. Church of Colby with Rev S.A. Hoffman officiating a large concourse of people attended the funeral showing the esteem of which she was held in the community. Besides her devoted husband and adopted daughter, four brothers and her sister were left to mourn her.

Richard Bracht died 23 April 1911 at his home in Florence, Calif. of walking typhoid. The funeral was held April 25th and he was buried at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Los Angeles, Calif. His obituary said he had been a citizen of Hull, Clark County, Wis. for many years coming from Sun Prairie, Wis. so I am assuming that is where he was born.

The obituary also said he held offices of trust and was Clerk of the high school board for several years in Hull. He had gone to California about four years before his death and was still a member of the Hull I.O.O.F Lodge.

The obituary estimated his age at about 70 and they knew he had served in the Civil War although they did not have any specific information.

Upon further investigation I was able to find more information. (see below)

29th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in September 27, 1862. Moved to Cairo, Ill., thence to Helena, Ark., November 2-7, 1862. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 12th Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. of the Tennessee, to January 1863. 3rd Brigade, 12th Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to February, 1863. 1st Brigade, 12th Division, 13th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August, 1863, and Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. District of LaFourche, Dept. of the Gulf, to August, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 13th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to June, 1865. mber 22-25. Moved to Pass Cavallo, Texas, January 5-12, 1864. Duty at DeCrow's Point till February 20. Moved to New Orleans February 20-23, and duty at Algiers till March 5. Red River Campaign March 10-May 22. Advance from Franklin to Alexandria March 14-26. Battle of Sabine Cross Roads , April 8. Monett's Ferry, Cane River Crossing, April 23. At Alexandria April 26-May 13. Construction of dam at Alexandria April 30-May 10. Graham's Plantation May 5. Retreat to Morganza May 13-20. Duty at Morganza till June 13. Expedition to the Atchafalaya May 30-June 6. Moved to Carrollton June 13, thence to Kennersville June 21, and to Thibodeaux June 26, and duty there till July 9. Moved to Algiers July 9, and to Morganza July 26. Morgan's Ferry Road and Atchafalaya River July 28. Moved to Port Hudson August 23. Expedition to Clinton August 23-29. Moved to Morganza August 29, thence to St. Charles, Ark., September 3-11, and duty there till October 23. Expedition to Devall's Bluff October 23-November 12. Moved to Little Rock, Ark., November 12, thence to Memphis, Tenn., November 25, and duty there till January, 1865. Expedition to Moscow to assist Gen. Grierson December 21-31. Ordered to New Orleans, La., January 1, 1865, thence to Kennersville Station, and duty there till February 5. Moved to Dauphin Island near Mobile, Ala., February 5. Campaign against Mobile and its defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely , April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12 to May 26. Moved to New Orleans, La. thence to Shreveport May 26-June 8, and duty there till June 22. Mustered out June 22, 1865. Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 76 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 242 Enlisted men by disease. Total 322.

1890 Census Special Schedule for Marathon County

Bracht, Richard



13 Aug. 1862

22 June 1865

Hull Twp.

General Disability


Albertine Bracht obit

Albertine and Barbara Bracht cemetery records

Barbara Bracht obit

Richard Bracht Obit



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