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Adam Hammer, a Mannheimer and friend of Friedrich Hecker’s who had served as a military surgeon for the Baden rebels before being exiled. Hammer’s particular Union Club consisted of students from his medical school. Osterhaus came to his home late at night to teach the rudiments of soldiering to these young would-be soldiers, trying to muffle the noise of their guns thumping on the floor by scattering hay around. Since Hammer’s home was only about six hundred yards from the arsenal gate, it would be a logical base for mounting an early response to any secessionist incursion there, a fact that obviously wore on Hammer’s nerves.
When Franz Sigel immigrated a few years after Osterhaus, he worked in New York as a language tutor and fencing instructor, playing piano in German clubs in the evenings. S. senator from Missouri a few years later. 39 18 Yankee Warhorse By the spring of 1850, Osterhaus had opened his own store, serving the largely German community of Belleville. The family lived above the store on the unpaved main street along with a merchant about Joseph’s age and a young woman who may have been a live-in servant.
Their European military training led to assignments in artillery, engineering, and training, but although they were effective in whipping the new recruits into shape, few made it very far in the ranks of leadership. Only 2 percent of officers in the Union Volunteer Army were German American, as opposed to 9 percent of volunteer troops overall. 63 By April 27 the men of the first four volunteer regiments had elected their commanding colonels: for the First Regiment, Frank Blair; for the Second, firebreathing editor Heinrich Boernstein; for the Third, Franz Sigel; and for the Fourth, Nicholas Schuttner, with Dr.