Henry Osterheld Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains documents related to railroad defense by Union soldiers during the American Civil War. There is also a detailed report on 61 railroad bridges on lines in North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Central Tennessee. Information includes distance from the city indicated, location, river crossed, length, height above water, number of spans, type of bridge, and remarks. Finally, there are documents related to Lt. Henry Osterheld's service during the war.
- 1862 - 1865
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Biographical / Historical
Lt. Henry Osterheld was born in Bavaria and served in the American Civil War as part of the 68th N.Y. Infantry.
The History of Westchester County, New York says, "In 1864... Mr. Osterheld was appointed to serve on General Rosecrans' staff as assistant inspector of railroad defenses in the Department of the Cumberland, Major James R. Willett being the chief inspector at that time. This department was then transferred to General Thomas' command, and Mr. Osterheld was sent to Nashville, Tennessee, as assistant chief inspector and took charge of the topographical engineers' department... Subsequently he was transferred to the chief engineer's department, becoming assistant to the chief engineer, Major-General Z. B. Tower, head of the military division of the army of the Tennessee. He continued to serve in branch of the army until he was mustered out and honorably discharged in May, 1866."
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Language of Materials
This collection contains documents related to railroad defense by Union soldiers during the American Civil War. There is also a detailed report on 61 railroad bridges on lines in North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Central Tennessee. Finally, there are documents related to Lt. Henry Osterheld's service during the war.
Special Collections & Archives
- Finding Aid for the Henry Osterheld Collection
- Zach Johnson
- June 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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