FREDERICK J. HALLER.
During the later years of his life Frederick J. Haller was a resident of Kenesaw and enjoyed the respect, confidence
and goodwill of all who knew him there, as he had in various other localities in which he had made his home. He
was of foreign birth but America had no more loyal nor devoted citizen among her native sons. It sometimes seems
that men born under monarchial rule have an even higher appreciation of the opportunities and privileges afforded
under a republican form of government than those who have always enjoyed them, as they judge their condition in
contrast to what they have formerly known, and Mr. Haller was among those who proved his patriotic devotion to
America by valiant service in the Civil war.
He was born in Bavaria, Germany, December 11, 1832, a son of John and Eva Catherine (Frone) Haller. The father,
a man of great intelligence, devoted his life to the profession of teaching, Frederick J. Haller was reared in
his native country to the age of seventeen years and was liberally educated, displaying particular skill in mathematics.
Crossing the Atlantic in 1849, he landed at New York, where he made his home for two years, after which he removed
westward to Wisconsin and later to Michigan, where he engaged in farming and lumbering. Subsequently he removed
to Huron county, Ohio, where he was living at the outbreak of the Civil war. In response to the country's call
for troops he offered his services to the government, enlisting as a private of Company A, One Hundred and First
Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He left a wife and small children to go to the front, feeling that he owed a duty to his
adopted country in aiding in her preservation. He took part in a number of hotly contested engagements and with
his command entered the field at Chickamauga, where he was shot on the 19th of September, 1863. On the 13th of
November the first lieutenant of his company, Benjamin F. Bryant, then commanding the regiment, wrote Mrs. Haller:
"Our regiment went into action on Saturday, September 19th, at about 11 o'clock A. M. At first we lay down
in front of the battery, placed on an eminence behind us, which shelled the woods in our immediate front where
the enemy were. Then we rose up and advanced to the edge of the woods where we became engaged. It was almost noon,
and while we were engaged near the edge of the woods your husband was shot through the body by a musket ball and
fell dead. We were driven from the first position and never regained it. At sundown the fighting had ceased. Our
skirmishers were full forty rods from the place of which I speak and we could not get beyond there as the rebels
were in the woods and shooting at every one who approached. On Sunday the fighting was near Chattanooga and as
we left the field Sunday night and fell back to Rossville, and Monday night went to Chattanooga, we know nothing
of those who fell in the fight. Everything your husband had was about his person and of course lost. I most sincerely
sympathize with you in your irreparable loss. I bear testimony to the good conduct of your husband as a soldier
under all circumstances. I am, Yours very truly, Benjamin F. Bryant, 1st Lieut. Comdg. Company A, 101st O. V. I."
Such was the account which reached Mrs. Haller but fate had not been thus unkind to the family, for many years
more of active and useful life remained to Mr. Haller. As his commander had stated, he was struck by a musket ball
which entered just below the left eye, passed through it and came out the back of the neck but though left for
dead, life was not extinct. He lay all night on the battlefield, was captured and kept in the open. He was afterward
for fifteen months in prisons at Richmond, Danville, Andersonville and Florence and was paroled in December, 1864.
He then rejoined his regiment and was mustered out with his command.
When his military service was over Mr. Haller returned to Huron county, Ohio, and in 1865 went to Michigan, where
he engaged in farming until 1888. He then went to Clarke county, Iowa, where he carried on general agricultural
pursuits until 1905, when he became a resident of Kenesaw, Nebraska, there spending his remaining days.
It was on the 17th of March, 1856, that Mr. Haller was married to Miss Frances L. Stevens, of Berrien county, Michigan.
She was born in Huron county, Ohio, September 4, 1837, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Stevens. She traces her
ancestry back to the Revolutionary war period, her great grandfather having served as a captain in the conflict
to establish American independence. On the paternal side the family was represented in the War of 1812. To Mr.
and Mrs. Haller were born seven children: Mary H., the wife of J. M. Russell, of Kenesaw; Emma F., who is deceased;
Martha B., who has also passed away; Almeria G., who died at the age of nineteen months; John F., who is in the
general offices of the Union Pacific Railroad Company at Omaha; Ernest L., deceased; and Romaine W., who is engaged
in farming at Elk Head, Colorado.
The family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran church, to which Mr. Haller belonged, and he guided his life
by its teachings. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and he held membership in the Grand
Army of the Republic. He died August 9, 1915, and in passing on left a memory honored and revered by all who knew
him. Once more from B. F. Bryant came a word of sympathy and condolence, such as he had written when, more than
a half century before, he believed he was sending to the widow the news of her husband's death upon a southern
battlefield. Mrs. Haller was sent a Resolution of Respect, reading:
"When sounds the last assembly
And the guard has gone the round,
May we pitch our tents together on
Some happier camping ground.
"It becomes our duty as members of the One Hundred and First Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to record the death
of Comrade Frederick J. Haller, a member of Company A, who entered the service of his country August 4, 1862. He
was wounded in the battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19, 1863, was captured and spent fifteen months in
Confederate prisons, paroled and rejoined his command, December, 1864, served to the close of the war, and was
mustered out with his company, June 12, 1865.
"Resolved, That in the death of Comrade Haller we have lost out of our ranks a noble hero, loyal, brave and
true; his country a peaceable, law abiding citizen and a good man; his family, to whom we tender the love and sympathy
of all our comrades, a devoted husband and father.
"Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions be forwarded to his family at Kenesaw, Nebraska; also, a copy
filed with the Association records.
"A. C. KNAPP
"B. F. BRYANT Committee."
"Miles E. CARTWRIGHT
For ten years Mr. Haller had been a resident of Kenesaw and during that period had gained a firm hold upon the
affectionate regard and goodwill of his fellow townsmen who appreciated his sterling worth and his fidelity to
principle. He held friendship inviolable and was a devoted husband and father, counting it his greatest happiness
to provide for his wife and children and in every way promote their interests.
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