Gasconade County’s last surviving Civil War veteran remembered at Hermann cemetery
After Saturday’s re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Hermann, troops from Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War conducted a headstone dedication ceremony at the Hermann City Cemetery. They dedicated a marker at the grave of Pvt. Rudolph Baumgaertner, who was Gasconade County’s last surviving Civil War veteran. He was born in September 1839 and died in May 1934. He was 94 years old. Baumgaertner served in Company B of Missouri’s 4th Infantry company. He served from October 1861 to February 1863. On Saturday, Glen Alsop of St. Clair, with other men dressed as Union soldiers, gathered around the grave that Baumgaertner shares with his wife, Louisa, who preceded him in death. Union soldiers fired a 21-gun salute.