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Philipp Philippi

Philipp Philippi was born May 13, 1838 in Hesse-Homburg, Germany and came to America with his family as a 9 year old, arriving in New York July 10, 1847. The family moved first to Tuscarawas County, Ohio and then to Marion County, Ohio where he enlisted in Company K, 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on November 9, 1861. His father, Nicholaus Philippi, enlisted on December 2nd in Company B, 58th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry and his brother, Charles Philippi, enlisted on August 22, 1862 in Company B, 40th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

After receiving his discharge in 1865, Philipp moved to Montezuma, Iowa, near his brother Charles and married Jane Norris on July 16, 1868. In 1872, he filed for a homestead in Potowatami County, Kansas and later moved to Marshall County, Kansas. A total of 12 children were born to this union. Philipp died in 1927.

The History of Marion County, Ohio published in 1883, lists Philip in Company K, 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This regiment was organized at Camp Mac Arthur, Urbanna, Ohio, on October 1, 1861.

A new book by David T. Thackery, A Light & Uncertain Hold , gives a more detailed account of the history of the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Civil War records from the Archives in Washington D.C., indicate Philipp re-enlisted on December 12, 1863 while in Wauhatchie, Tennessee. In September 1864, as a corporal, he received a 30-day furlough to go to Cardington, Morrow County, Ohio to settle personal matters and later to rejoin his company in Atlanta, Georgia. Philipp was discharged as a sergeant on July 15,1865 near Louisville, Kentucky.

Photograph and information submitted by Philipp Philippi's grandson Leonard A Philippi.

Philipp Philippi

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