Sunday, November 8, 2009

Louis Traub, Civil War Captain

Louis Traub was born in Germany on August 4, 1817. He came to the United States in 1835. After working as a tailor in New York City for several years, he moved to Ohio in 1844. Louis settled in Sandusky, Ohio in 1847. In Sandusky, Louis Traub continued in his tailoring business, and also opened a restaurant which was known as the "Hesse-Cassel" in the 1880's.

Prior to the Civil War, Louis Traub was the commander of Sandusky's "Jaeger Company," a local militia unit made up primarily of men of German descent. The old Jaeger Company was the basis for Company F of the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, led by Captain Louis Traub.

Louis Traub was involved in many business ventures and community organizations, which are chronicled in his obituary in the August 18, 1881 Sandusky Register. Louis Traub died on August 14, 1881. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, ten children, and twelve grandchildren. Many former soldiers from the Jaeger Company attended the funeral and burial of Louis Traub. Louis Traub's wife Barbara passed away in 1885, and she was buried with her husband at Oakland Cemetery.

See SANDUSKY THEN AND NOW, available at the Sandusky Library's Archives Research Center, to learn more about the German heritage of Sandusky.

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