Short Bios | Emanuel Eller

Captain Emanuel Eller, 32nd Indiana
By Michael A. Peake

Emanuel Eller, born in Baden, Germany, January 5, 1827 and his wife Frederika, born in 1831, also a native of Baden, immigrated together in 1851, arriving at New York. They lived in Cincinnati, Ohio temporarily, but finally settled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Frederika and Emanuel became citizens of the United States in a ceremony at Lawrenceburg on October 7, 1854.

In early August 1861, Eller assisted in recruiting a German company at Lawrenceburg to serve in the Indiana 1st German Regiment that became Company D, 32nd Indiana, with Eller serving as 2nd lieutenant. He became captain of Company “A” in October 1862 and he served in that capacity until mustering out with the regiment in September 1864.

Returning to Lawrenceburg, Eller operated a store and began to raise a family. Five of their seven children died at a young age and were buried at the Greendale Cemetery in Lawrenceburg. The small family relocated to Terre Haute until Frederika died of heart failure on November 8, 1887, and she was returned to Greendale for burial. Emanuel Eller died of marasmus at age sixty-six on July 8, 1893, and was buried in the family plot at Lawrenceburg three days later.

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Captain Emanuel Eller
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129695