Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
George Schubert Papers, 1862-1863; 1911

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, October 1997

Summary Information
Title: George Schubert papers
Creator: Schubert, Sophia
Inclusive dates: 1862-1911
Bulk dates: 1862-1863
Extent: 26 items
Abstract:
As a young man, George Schubert emigrated from Germany to Connecticut, and in September 1862, he enlisted in the 25th Connecticut Infantry. His letters to his wife Sophia during the Civil War are filled with news of his doings and his longing for home, including information on the siege and capture of Port Hudson and the skirmishes at Irish Bend and Bayou Lafourche.
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1963. M-1262.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

George Schubert Papers, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Schubert, George

Rank : Corporal; Acting Orderly Sergeant

Regiment : 25th Connecticut Infantry Regiment. Co I (1862-1863)

Service : 1862 November 11-1863 August

As young men, George Schubert and his brother emigrated from their native Germany to America, leaving most of their relatives behind. George married a resident of Connecticut, Sophia (Funck?), where he had settled, but before they had begun a family, war intervened.

In September, 1862, George left Sophia at their home in Bristol, to enlist in Co. I of the 25th Connecticut Infantry, a nine months' regiment. Mustering in on November 11th, the regiment left the state in December, bound for duty in Louisiana. Stationed initially in Baton Rouge, military service was highly agreeable to Schubert, who enjoyed the climate, the easy service, and the camaraderie, even while sincerely missing his wife and home. But the comparative ease ended early in March, 1863, and from that time through the end of his service, Schubert saw some hard service in operations in and around Port Hudson, including skirmishes at Irish Bend and Bayou Lafourche, and the siege and capture of the Confederate stronghold itself. He mustered out with his regiment in August.


Collection Scope and Content Note

George Schubert's letters to his beloved wife, "Sophie'chen," cover the soldier's entire service in a nine month Civil War regiment. From his enlistment in Co. I of the 25th Connecticut Infantry to his return home in the summer of 1863, Schubert wrote faithfully, sending affectionate letters filled with news of his doings and his longing for home and wife.

The defining moments of Schubert's tour of duty were surely his protracted participation in the siege and capture of Port Hudson and some minor skirmishes in the near vicinity. Several long, well-written letters provide useful information on the siege and on the skirmishes at Irish Bend and Bayou Lafourche, and while they are written from the perspective of a lowly non-commissioned officer in a nine months' regiment, the reflect Schubert's intelligence and far-sightedness, as well as his somewhat lax ambition to rise in the ranks.

All of Schubert's letters are all in English, and while not his native language, his syntax and grammar are better than that of many of native-born soldiers, and his handwriting is thoroughly "American." However, Schubert's spelling is essentially phonetic, resulting in a frozen picture of a mid-Victorian German accent. In writing, as he must have in speech, he freely substituted "t" for "d", "j" for "y", and "b" for "p." His German background may also explain his habitual salutation of "Dear Wife!" or "Dear Sophie!"

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army. Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 25th (1862-1863)
    • Port Hudson (La.)--History--Siege, 1863.
    • Louisiana--Description and travel.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, German American.
    Contributors:
    • Schubert, George.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   11, Schoff Civil War Collection  
    George Schubert papers,  1862 September 30-1863 August 2;  1911 April 30 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    A memorial of Lt. Daniel Perkins Dewey... (Hartford, 1864).

    Partial Subject Index
    African-Americans--Louisiana.
    • 1862 December 14
    • 1863 January 2
    African-Americans--Religion.
    • 1863 February 16
    Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894.
    • 1863 July 7
    Baton Rouge (La.)--Description and travel.
    • 1863 January 2
    Bayou Lafourche (La.), Skirmish at, 1863.
    • 1863 July 22
    Camps (Military)--Louisiana.
    • 1863 February 9
    Civilians--Louisiana--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • 1862 December 14
    Cookery, Military.
    • 1862 November 21
    • 1862 November 27
    • 1863 February 9
    Deserters, Military.
    • 1862 November 23
    Donaldsonville (La.), Skirmish at, 1863.
    • see Bayou la Fourche (La.), Skirmish at, 1863
    Florida--Description and travel.
    • 1862 December 10
    Foraging--Louisiana.
    • 1863 April 7
    Fourth of July celebrations.
    • 1863 July 7
    Home.
    • 1862 December 10
    • 1863 February 9
    Husband and wife.
    • passim, but see esp.:
    • 1862 November 17
    Intelligence.
    • 1863 July 7
    Irish Bend (La.), Skirmish at, 1863.
    • 1863 April 18
    Laundry.
    • 1863 February 9
    Louisiana--Description and travel.
    • 1862 December 14
    • 1863 February 16
    • 1863 April 7
    Marches--Louisiana.
    • 1863 April 7
    Port Hudson (La.)--History--Siege, 1863.
    • 1863 March 9
    • 1863 March 22
    • 1863 June 19
    • 1863 June 29
    • 1863 July 7
    • 1863 July 22
    Soldiers--Recreation.
    • 1863 March 4
    Steamboat travel--Atlantic Ocean.
    • 1862 December 10
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
    • 1862 December 14
    • 1863 January 2
    • 1863 February 9
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Flags.
    • 1863 July 7
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, German.
    • passim
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Songs and music.
    • 1862 December 10
    • 1863 March 4
    United States. Army--Officers--Elections.
    • 1862 September 30
    • 1862 October 2
    United States. Army--Reenlistment.
    • 1863 June 29