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Henry Bertram

Born: Oct 5, 1825

Death: Sep 25, 1878

Birthplace: UeckermA?nde

Nationality: United States

Henry Bertram

Date of Birth : Oct 5, 1825
Date of Death : Sep 25, 1878
Birth Place : UeckermA?nde

Henry Bertram was a Prussian immigrant to the United States who was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He served in the Trans-Mississippi and Western Theaters. Betram was born in Prussia as Emil Gustav Victor Beeger. Sometime before 1846 he immigrated to the United States. He joined the U.S. Army under the Americanized named Henry Beeger in 1846 and served in the Mexican War. In the 2nd U.S. Artillery he rose to the rank of sergeant on August 21, 1846 but deserted the army four and a half years later on January 20, 1851. Sometime before 1861 he changed his name to Henry Bertram, presumably to escape any connections to his earlier army desertion. On June 29, 1861, under his new name, Bertram enlisted in the 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry as a first lieutenant. By July 31, 1861 he had risen to lieutenant colonel of the 20th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Betram and the 20th Wisconsin first saw action at the battle of Newtonia. In early December 1862, Bertram found himself as the senior ranking officer in his brigade, though only a lieutenant colonel.

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