Private Hiram Schwenk
was the descendant of Nicholas Schwenk who served in
the American Revolution.† Hiram was a 5th
generation American with roots going b ack to
the Rheinland of Germany. He was born in
He enlisted as a musician in Company D on 4 March 1865 and was mustered out with his company on 29 Aug 1865.
He died in September of 1873 at the age of 44 having lived out the last years of his life after the war in Middleburg, his birth town. He and his wife Amelia are buried at Old Hassingerís (White) Cemetery in Middleburg. His grave marker has his name spelt SWENK. His father and mother are also buried in the same cemetery and their name spelling remained SCHWENK. Eventually the family changed the nameís spelling to SWANK.