Short Bios | William F. Hahn

Captain William F. Hahn, 32nd Indiana
By Michael A. Peake

William Hahn lived in the town of North Vernon in Jennings County, Indiana just before the war. He mustered in as a sergeant of Company “I,” 32nd Indiana on August 25, 1861. Following the regiment’s baptism of fire at Rowlett’s Station, Kentucky, Hahn was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of Company “C” on January 9, 1862. Nine months later, as the regiment was participating in the “pursuit” of Bragg through Kentucky, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company “E.” In May 1863, Hahn was appointed Captain of Company “I.” This photograph was likely taken following the battle of Stones River while the regiment was still in the Nashville region. At some point Hahn sustained the injury that resulted in the black eye he shows here.

Portrait by T. M. Schleier’s Photograph Gallery, Corner Cherry & Union Streets, Nashville, Tennessee.

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Captain William F. Hahn
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-128574