1869 – Editor Bernhard Domschke Dies

On this day Bernhard Domschke, Civil War veteran, newspaperman and prominent Milwaukee citizen, died. Domschke was born in Saxony and educated in Dresden and Leipzig, Germany. As a young man, he immigrated to the U.S., and edited the until his entire staff closed down the paper in 1862 and enlisted in the Union army. Domschke was appointed 1st Lieutenant of Company F. in 1863. Together with Major Wallber and 46 soldiers, he was taken prisoner at Gettysburg and marched to Libby Prison in Richmond. After his release, Domschke became editor of the , a position he held until his death from illnesses contracted in prison. He also wrote a memoir of his experiences as a Confederate prisoner.[Source: ]