Short Bios | Charles A. Fischer

Chaplain Charles A. Fischer, 32nd Indiana
By Michael A. Peake

Dr. Charles Fischer escaped to America with his wife Matilda, in October 1850, established his practice at Louisville, Kentucky and became a member of the Louisville Turnverein. He mustered in as the 32nd Indiana Regimental Chaplain on February 16, 1862 on the road south near Munfordville. With his medical background, Fischer became a desirable addition to the regiment after Surgeon Ferdinand Krauth of Indianapolis resigned and Dr. Jeancon filled the vacancy, finding in Charles Fischer an able surgeon and fine doctor in addition to his free-thinking ministry. Doctor Fischer resigned due to disability October 9, 1862, and returned to his family in Louisville. He died on June 1, 1867, after suffering for years from camp dysentery contracted while in service with the 32nd Indiana.

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Chaplain Charles A. Fischer
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-128837