Family ties to Gettysburg

Am­a­teur his­tor­i­an Robert Camp­bell re­searched the fam­ily roots of his fianc&ea­cute;e, Mar­ilyn Gross, and found a dir­ect con­nec­tion between her North­east Phil­adelphia fam­ily and the Battle of Gettys­burg. 

  • An image of an infantryman in the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment.

  • Civil War re-enactors will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 4-7.

  • Abraham Newbauer

  • Sophia Newbauer

  • The flag of the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment.

On Ju­ly 4, when Civil War re-en­act­ors mark the 150th an­niversary of the Battle of Gettys­burg, vis­it­ors will see the Uni­on Blue and Con­fed­er­ate Gray line up and fight in skir­mishes much like those that took place on those fields dur­ing three bloody days in Ju­ly 1863.

A North­east Phil­adelphia fam­ily has dir­ect ties to one of those Uni­on sol­diers,  Pvt. Ab­ra­ham New­bauer, who took a mini ball to his left shoulder on the first day of the Gettys­burg battle, and sur­vived. His name is lis­ted as A. Neubauer on the on the 75th In­fantry Re­gi­ment plaque on the Pennsylvania monu­ment that rests on Cemetery Ridge on the Gettys­burg bat­tle­field.

New­bauer was born in the state of Aus­tria/Hun­gary in 1840 and im­mig­rated to the United States in 1860. He settled in Phil­adelphia, and ac­cord­ing to en­list­ment re­cords, joined the Army of the Po­tom­ac on Ju­ly 31, 1862, and went dir­ectly in­to the 75th In­fantry Re­gi­ment of the Pennsylvania vo­lun­teers, which was form­ing in Phil­adelphia about that time.

Many of the sol­diers and of­ficers he served with were Ger­mans and Aus­tri­ans and spoke mostly Ger­man. Like New­bauer, many of them were Jews. He was 22 years old, a short 5-foot-6 inches tall and had gray eyes and red hair. His oc­cu­pa­tion was lis­ted as ped­dler.

He fought for the Uni­on at Sperry­ville, Va., and in Pope’s cam­paign in north­ern Vir­gin­ia, in­clud­ing the battle of Bull Run. He also took part in the battles of Chan­cel­lors­ville and Fre­d­er­icks­burg and was part of the fam­ous Mud March for four days in Janu­ary 1863. The re­gi­ment then moved north to Pennsylvania, where it took part in the one of the most im­port­ant battles of the war, at Gettys­burg, on the first three days of Ju­ly.

About 1 p.m. on Ju­ly 1, Pvt. New­bauer was hit in the left shoulder by a mini ball and taken to a field hos­pit­al. From there, he was trans­por­ted to Phil­adelphia, ar­riv­ing on Ju­ly 9 at the former Sat­ter­lee Hos­pit­al on Bal­timore Av­en­ue in West Phil­adelphia. He re­mained a pa­tient there un­til Dec. 31, 1863.

After his re­lease, he was as­signed to the first Bat­talion of the in­val­id Corps’ U.S. Army to serve out the re­mainder of his en­list­ment. He was no­ti­fied by mail of his dis­charge from the Army in Ju­ly 1865. 

After his dis­charge, New­bauer re­turned to Phil­adelphia as a cloth­ing sales­man. He mar­ried Sophia Gut­man on Aug. 14, 1865, at the con­greg­a­tion Rodeph Sha­lom syn­agogue on North Broad Street in  Phil­adelphia. They lived in North­ern Liber­ties and their fam­ily grew to in­clude four chil­dren. Sophia New­bauer passed away in 1914, and Ab­ra­ham died four years later. Both are bur­ied at Adath Je­shur­un Cemetery on Bridge Street in Frank­ford, ac­cord­ing to the Jew­ish Geneao­lo­gic­al So­ci­ety of Phil­adelphia’s re­cords.

Their young­est son, Max New­bauer, mar­ried and had two chil­dren. A son, John, fought in the South Pa­cific dur­ing World War II and re­ceived dis­tin­guished mil­it­ary awards. A daugh­ter, Frances, born in 1909, mar­ried Abe Lem­pert and they had two daugh­ters, Fayne Lip­sitz and Mar­ilyn Gross.

Both of them live in Bustleton, and are ex­tremely proud of the ser­vice per­formed by their Uncle John in World War II and their great-grand­fath­er, Ab­ra­ham, who fought to save the Uni­on in the Civil War. •• 

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