John and Alice Hecker papers  1861-1864
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Biography

Hecker, John

Rank : Pvt.

Regiment : 6th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment. Co. K (1861-1865)

Service : 1861 October 16-1864 November 28

John Hecker was born in Baden, Germany, c.1826 to Stephen Hecker and Susanna Schneider. He emigrated to the United States around 1850, and by 1854 had settled in East Jaffrey, New Hampshire, as a farmer. He married a British woman named Alice (born c.1824) and together they had four children. On October 16, 1861, John enlisted as a private in Co. K in the 6th New Hampshire Infantry, leaving his wife to raise the children, run the farm, and tend the homestead. The 6th Regiment participated in the battles at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Vicksburg, among others. He was discharged on November 28, 1864. After the war, John returned to his family in New Hampshire. He died in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, on September 3, 1900.