61. Rudolph5 Krueger was born 1842. Rudolph died 1911 at age 69. His body was interred 1911 in Fredonia Cemetery, Fredonia, NY. His grave was unmarked as of 1999.

He married Margaret Fleisch before 1867. Margaret was born September 16, 1842 in Alsace Lorraine, France. Margaret died October 31, 1926 at age 84. Her body was interred after October 31, 1926 in Fredonia Cemetery, Fredonia, NY.

Rudolph applied for a military pension July 1865 in New York. He resided in Stockton, NY 1867. It is assumed that Rudolph was born in Germany, though that is far from certain.

Rudolph served in the U.S. Civil War. He enlisted for three years at Otto, NY in the 64th N.Y.V.I. (also known as the Cattaraugus Regiment), Company C, on September 16, 1861 at age 19. He re-enlisted on January 19, 1864.

Among the battles in which the 64th served were: Yorktown; Fair Oaks; Gaines' Mills; Antietam; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Spottsylvania; and Petersburg (according to the NY Adjutant General's Report, 1868).

On May 5 1864 he was wounded at the Battle of Wilderness, Virginia (Spotsylvania County), part of Grant’s Overland Campaign (for this gunshot wound to the left leg he ultimately received a pension of $2 per month).

The principal commanders in the battle of Wilderness were Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George G. Meade for the USA and Gen. Robert E. Lee for the Confederacy. Losses were heavy: 5597 Killed, 21463 Wounded, and 10667 Missing or Captured from the USA, and 2000 Killed, 6000 Wounded, and 3400 Missing or Captured from the CSA. There were162,920 total troops engaged (USA 101,895; CSA 61,025).

On the morning of May 5, 1864, the Union V Corps attacked Ewell’s Corps on the Orange Turnpike, while A.P. Hill’s corps during the afternoon encountered Getty’s Division (VI Corps) and Hancock’s II Corps on the Plank Road. Fighting was fierce but inconclusive as both sides attempted to maneuver in the dense woods. Darkness halted the fighting, and both sides rushed forward reinforcements. At dawn on May 6, Hancock attacked along the Plank Road, driving Hill’s Corps back in confusion. Longstreet’s Corps arrived in time to prevent the collapse of the Confederate right flank. At noon, a devastating Confederate flank attack in Hamilton’s Thicket sputtered out when Lt. Gen. James Longstreet was wounded by his own men. The IX Corps (Burnside) moved against the Confederate center, but was repulsed. The battle was a tactical draw. Grant, however, did not retreat as had the other Union generals before him. On May 7, the Federals advanced by the left flank toward the crossroads of Spotsylvania Courthouse.

On September 22 1864 he was transferred to Company A, and promoted to Corporal on October 10 of that year. He was further promoted to First Sergeant on January 7 1865, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on July 11 1865 (date of rank May 27, 1865). Three days later (July 14) he was mustered out of service at Washington.

Rudolph Krueger and Margaret Fleisch had the following child:


George and Anna Krueger on front porch with daughter Mildred

child + 27 i. George4 Krueger was born March 8, 1867.

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