Extract of Discharge Certificate and Form No. 5 (payment to member) for


Pvt. Charles Werneburg

Carl, later referred to as Charles, would later serve again in the Union Army with the 61st Pennsylvania Voluntary Infantry, Company K from March 1865 to June 1865.  He would marry Amelia Sebrecht  on 7 April 1848 in Frankfort, Germany.  Their first child was born in Germany and the family immigrated to America in 1849.  They would have a total of 11 children.  Their 10th child, Wilhelmina Elizabeth Werneburg,  married George GoettmanWilhemina is the great-grandmother of Sharon Atkins.  Family recall that Amelia would tell stories of sewing button after button onto the uniforms of Union soldiers – making sense in light of Charles being a tailor. 




[Normally, I would post a scan of the document – but this one – well the writing is faded in places to where it is very hard to scan.  So, I have extracted it here.  If someone needs a copy, I can see what my colleagues with the digital can obtain.  Also, the Form No. 5, which appears to be used for payment to members of the service, is glued still to the back of the discharge, so it is not something that I can copy.  Obtained by my wife via an E-bay auction.]







I certify, ON HONOR, THAT Carl Werneburg, a Private of Captain H Amlung Company F of the 74th late 35th Penn. Volunteers, of the State of Pennsylvania, born in Marburg, State of Hesse-Cassel, aged 33 years; 5 feet, 9 inches high:  light complexion, blue eyes, auburn hair, and by occupation a tailor, having joined the company on its original organization at Pittsburg, PA and enrolled in it at the muster into service of the United States at Pittsburg, PA on the twenty fifth day of August, 1861, (or was mustered in service as a recruit by Capt. Hays of the U>S.A at Pittsburg PA on the fourteenth of September 1861, to service in the regiment) for the term of three year:  and having served honestly and faithfully with his Company in the 74th Regt to the present date, is now entitled to a discharge for reasons of disability.


The said Carl Werneburg was last paid by Paymaster Will. Wiley to include the 31st day of December 1861 and has pay due to him from that time to the present date, and also pay for the use of his horse (having been mounted during the times) and he is entitled to pay and sustenance for traveling to place of enrollment and whatever other allowances are authorized to volunteer soldiers, or militia, so discharged.  He has received thirty-three 65/100 dollars advanced by the United States on account of clothing.


There is to be stopped from him, on account of the state of United States, or other authorities for clothing, &c., received on entering service, ------ /100 dollars; also for expenses of subsistence for traveling from place of enrollment to the place of rendezvous, amounting to ----- /100 dollars; and on account of the United States for extra clothing received in kind from (left blank) and for other stoppages, viz:  (left blank) amounting to ----- /100 dollars; and he has been subsisted for traveling to his place of enrolment, up to the ----- 186.


He is indebted to -----, Sutler, ------ /100 dollars,


Given in duplicate, at Hunters Chapel, this 12th day of March 1862


Capt. H. Amlung, Commanding Company.



NOTE:  Two of these certificates, (or duplicates,) are to be given to each volunteer solider who may be discharged previously to the discharge of the company, that he may at once receive from the Paymaster the pay, &c., due him, and the captain or other officer commanding the company, will certify to the act of the delivery of the duplicate certificates:  on these certificates the Soldier is “entitled to” his discharge, and should also present his discharge to the Paymaster to have the payment endorsed on it.  The Discharge is to be given back to the Soldier, by the Paymaster; -- the latter only retaining as his voucher the duplicate certificates.






Form No. 5


The United States,


To Pvt. C. Werneburg discharged from F Company, 74th Penn Vols   Dr.


For pay from 1 of Jan, 1862 to 12 March, 1862 being 2 months, 12 days, at 13 dollars per month = $31.20

 For pay for traveling from Hunters Chapel, the place of my discharge, to Pittsburg, the place of my residence, 373 miles, at twenty miles per day, equalto 18 days, at 13 dollars per month = $7.80


For subsistence for traveling as above, 18 days, at 50 cents per ration or day = $9.00


For clothing not drawn= $23.09

[Subtotaled] Amount = $71.09

Deduct for clothing withdrawn = $-33.65

Balance due = $34.44


Received of Maj. D. McClure, Paymaster U.S. Army, this 24th day of March 1862, Thirty Seven dollars and Forty Four cents, in full of the above amount.  (Signed in duplicate)


Charles Werneburg


[NOTE:  The document was folded in thirds and is noted on the center panel of the folded document:  Voucher No. 5 – 1277 Paid March 24 1862, Pvt C Werneberg, Co F 74 Penn Vols From 1 of Jan 1862, to 12 Mar 1862, Pay $37.44 – [total] $37.44 – then in a blue wax pencil  “McClure 573 C”.  Then in pencil “Box 1706”.  Then in original ink “D”.  NO CLUE AS TO THE MEANING of some of these items.  Suspect that the blue could be the endorsement by McClure.  The others I am uncertain.]