G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
7th UNITED STATES REGULAR INFANTRY
Stationed: New Mexico January, 1861
Stationed: Florida May, 1865
The 7th was one of only 19 infantry regiments in the U.S. Army at the beginning of the War of The Rebellion. Stationed at Ft. Fillmore New Mexico, in mid 1861 it had the dubious distinction of having itself surrendered to a numerically inferior rebel force without ever firing a shot.
Paroled and exchanged, the 7th joined the Army of the Potomac with whom it participated in the battle of Fredericksburg, VA, December, ’62, the “Mud March” January, 1863, the Chancellorsville Campaign April/May ’63 and the Gettysburg Campaign/Battle, June and July, 1863.
The unit was moved to New York in August, 1863 and remained there on duty until transferred to Florida in May, 1865. Regimental losses during the Civil War: 2 officers and 50 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. 3 officers and 56 enlisted men killed by disease. Total 111.
Residence: Info. Not Avail. Age: 21 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: Fall, 1854 Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 7/11/67 Jacksonville, FL
Highest Rank: Private
Frederick Lilje was born in 1833/34 in Germany. No details are available on his parents, possible siblings or his formative years. In 1854 at the age of 21 the 5’10”, blue-eyed laborer entered the U.S. Army. In 1857 he was stationed at Ft. Belknap, TX and, by mid ’57 was at Camp Floyd, UT. It was there in December, 1857 or January, 1858 private Lilje was reportedly injured while on a wood hauling detail. Driving a mule team the mules slipped on ice and fell on him thereby injuring his left hip and rupturing his left groin. As a result of the accident it appears Frederick was, throughout the remainder of his army tenure, assigned to “light duty” with the quartermaster.
Aside from this injury (of which no military records could later be located) and suffering “unspecified illnesses” from time to time, Frederick’s career in the Army was uneventful. One document notation raises the possibility that Frederick was forced to leave the military because, with the war over, his “light duty” status prevented him from reenlisting.
In 1898 Frederick noted he married Julian Burmen 3/2/62 in Gravelville, MN. In 1912, however Julian, then a widow, indicated her maiden name was Belau and she and Frederick had married 3/8/62 in Belle Plaines, NY. Whatever the case, the couple would produce at least ten children who would survive childhood: Willie (5/14/65), Marry (6/18/68), John (3/15/70), Ehrler (2/17/72), Fred (2/28/74), Dan (2/4/76), Maggie (2/16/78), Joe (6/14/80), Amara (7/22/84), and Frank (2/5/86). After leaving the army Frederick and family resided in Little Faces, MN.
Still, the former professional soldier was unable to work because of his army-related injury. When and why Frederick and Julian came to the Pacific Northwest and settled in Index, WA is not known. Perhaps it was to be near the families of one or more of their adult children. Frederick died 2/16/12 at Fairview Hospital in Sultan, WA. At the time of his death the 78/79-year-old veteran was receiving a $24 per month government disability stipend. Applying for widows benefits Julian, aided by daughter Amara made “her X mark” on the pension papers. At her death on 4/18/13 she was receiving $12 per month.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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