U. S. National Veterans Home Report

William Lang

Private of Company G


Descendant Richard Engel received this scan about his ancestor William Lang.  It notes him enlisting in September 1861 in Pittsburgh in the 74th and being discharged on 6 October 1862. 

Wilhelm Lang was born in 1805 in Kleinostheim, Bavaria.  He immigrated to the United States in 1841 and arrived in Baltimore on 3 Sep 1841.  He lived in Lower St. Clair, Allegheny County, where he worked as a carpenter.  He married Marie Ann Roth and they had seven children:


«         Margaret born 1832 and died 1901;

«         Agnes born 1833;

«         Michael born 1837;

«         Catherine born 1839;

«         Antone born 1842

«         Martin born 1844 and died 1933;

«         William Adam Lang born 1846 and died 1916


He enlisted on 14 Sep 1861 at the age of 55.  He was mustered out of the regiment due to a disability on 6 October 1862.  The medical examination, and medical review board, affirmed the disability and it was noted as being a shortness of breath and a sore chest that prevented him from marching or doing guard duty for the two months prior to October 1862.  Another physician noted that Lang had asthma and was of “high age.”  He was 56 when he was mustered out.


In 1878, he became a resident of the National Soldiers Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio.  He died on 22 Nov 1881 and was buried in the Dayton National Cemetery (Sec. C, Row 11, Site 4).


Contact Richard Engel for more information.

His grave is seven rows up, and fourth from the left in the right section.