Bleecker Family Histories


George Bleecker c1900

Bleecker Coat of Arms 1530

Coat of Arms in Color

Jan Jansen Bleecker c1700


George Bleecker, Wisconsin

George Bleecker, Wisconsin

John R. Bleecker, Canada

John R. Bleecker, Canada

Grandfather's Tale, Quebec, Canada

Grandfather's Tale, Quebec, Canada

Jan Jansen Bleecker, New York

Jan Jansen Bleecker, New York

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A Civil War Story

Many years ago, while I was working on research concerning our Family's History,
I noticed a birth and death date in the family of George Bleecker. He was born in
Ontario, Canada, and moved to Wisconsin to start our branch of the Bleecker Family.
His oldest son, William J. Bleecker, was born March 20, 1844, and died June 13, 1863.
This made him 19 at the time of his death, in 1863. I was struck with the thought
that this was in the middle of the Civil war, and that he might have died as a result
of the war.

After months of letters and phone calls, I came across some records of his time in
the 29th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, where he is listed as being wounded in the
Battle of Champion Hill, and died a month later. At the time I didn't know much about
the specific battles of the Civil War, and I didn't know anything about this battle,
or how to find out more.

A few days ago I was cleaning out a bunch of old records and I came across these files
and I decided to use the Internet to find out more. In a couple of hours I had learned
a lot about this battle and how the 29th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment fit into the battle,
and by extension William's role in it.

I have decided to share some of this information with anyone else that might also find it
interesting, in the documents and links below.

William's Roster with 29th Wisconsin

William's Roster with 29th Wisconsin

William's Roster with 29th Wisconsin

William's Roster with 29th Wisconsin


29th Wisconsin Infantry Reg

CHAMPION'S HILL Units

Champion Hill Battle


Some links about the Battle of Champion Hill

AmericanCivilWar.com
American Civil War Timeline 1863
Civil War Battles by State
Mississippi Civil War Map of Battles
VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN, MISSISSIPPI
Champion Hill
CHAMPION'S HILL, MISSISSIPPI
Union Regimental Histories
Civil War Regimental Histories
Map of of the Battle Field of Baker's Creek (Champion Hill)


Map of Champion Hill

Map of Vicksburg Campaign 1863


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