Lt. Colonel Julius Hundhausen(Gasconade Co.)

Julius Hundhausen, was born April 12, 1824 near Cologne Rhine Province, Prussia, Germany, the son of John Frederick Hundhausen (? and Fredericke (Koester) Hundhausen, mother of brother Robert). The father was born May 1, 1792 in Prussia, Germany as was the mother. The father with his four sons, Frederick, Robert, Juilus, and Hermann, came to the United States in 1840, and settled on a farm in Franklin Co., MO. He had studied theology, was a graduate of the University of Marburg, and had been an acting minister of the gospel since July 30, 1813, evidenced by his first commission granted by Napoleon Bonaparte. He afterward established the Lutheran Church in Hermann, Gasconade Co., MO, where he preached for a number of years, and died January 28, 1871/4 and is buried at the Herman City Cemetery.

Julius stayed on the farm in Franklin Co., MO till the fall of 1845, when he went to St. Louis, MO, but returned to Franklin Co. again in the spring of 1846. There he enlisted as a private (a Bugler), together with his brother Robert, in the Mexican War, in Co.E, First Missouri Cavalry, commanded by Col. Doniphan, and participated in the battles of Bracito and Sacramento, and the entire march of Doniphan's regiment through Mexico down to the coast. In the year 1848 he came to Hermann, MO, where he lived (up to 1888) cultivating the vine with a four acre vineyard. He is found living in Gasconade Co. in 1850 (R/PE 1,800) as an Innkeeper and 1860 (RE:3,000 PE:800) as a Notary Public with Fredericka Hundhausen, b.1817 in Baden, Germany who could either be his sister or wife. He studied law and was admitted to the bar prior to the Civil War.

At the breaking out of the Civil War Julius helped raise the 1st Gasconade County Battalion (a 3 month Home Guard unit) and served as it's commanding officer as Lt. Col. (June 1861-Oct 1861). This battalion was organized in June, 1861, with a total of 473 men, and its services accepted by Gen. Lyon. These services consisted of guarding bridges on the Pacific Railroad, and in escorting provision trains from Hermann to Montgomery City, MO. It also participated in the expedition from Miller's Landing to Georgetown, in Franklin Co., MO. The 1st Gasconade County Battalion disbanded October 1, 1861, and reorganized as Hunhausen' Battalion USRC (3 years) in January, 1862 (also known as the Gasconade County Battalion Reserve Corps). In this battalion, Julius served it's commanding officer as Lt. Col. (Jan 7, 1862-Jan 18, 1862). The Gasconade County Battalion Reserve Corps was limited from the nature of its organization to services within the State. It was consolidated with the 3rd MO USRC by order of the adjutant general, dated January 18, 1862 as the 4th MO Inf. USV. It was one of the regiments entertaining no idea of compromise with those attemping to destroy the Government. Julius again served as Lt. Col. of the 4th MO Inf. USV, (Commissioned Mar. 19, 1862 from Jan. 18, 1862-muster out) this time second in command to his brother Robert. The 4th MO Inf. USV was employed chiefly within the State, and performed valuable service to the cause including duty in Districts of Southwest Missouri and St. Louis at Pacific City and St. Louis till February, 1863. It was mustered out of the service under Special Orders No.13, February 1, 1863. He the served as deputy provost-marshal till May, 1864, and superintended the draft in Osage and Maries Cos., MO, after which he and his brother Robert, who had received the appointment of paymaster of volunteers, to New Orleans, and served as his clerk to the close of the war.

Julius married Charoltte ? on ?(1860-1870) in ?(MO). Charoltte was born July 20, 1833 in Hesse Cassel, Germany. They are found living in Gasconade Co. in 1870 with Julius as a lawyer (RE:10,000 PE:1,000). Charlotte died August 28, 1870 and is buried in the Herman City Cemetery. In 1870, he was elected circuit clerk and recorder of deeds of Gasconade Co., which position he held for eight years. Julius married Clara Holthaus of Franklin Co., MO on October 22, 1872. Clara was born August 4, 1853 in ? the daughter of ?. He also served as the justice of the peace, presiding justice of the county court, notary public, and was a member of the board of trustees of the town of Hermann, as well as the school board for a number of years. Julius died February 21, 1903 and Clara died June 11, 1944. They are buried in Section B of the Herman City Cemetery. S/1,2,3,4,8

Children of Julius and Clara (Holthaus) Hundhausen (seven total):

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