Short Bios | Adolph Metzner


Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana
By Michael A. Peake

Soldier-artist Adolph G. Metzner was born on August 16, 1834, in the Wiese River village of Lörrach, in the southwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In 1856, he immigrated to the United States and established himself as a druggist in Louisville, Kentucky. After the start of the Civil War, 2nd Lieutenant Metzner assisted in organizing a Turner company that became Company “A,” 1st German, 32nd Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. During his service he was promoted to 1st lieutenant and captain before being assigned as topographic engineer of the 2nd Division, Army of the Cumberland. Still suffering the effects of wounds received at Chickamauga, he mustered out with the regiment at Indianapolis in September 1864.

Adolph Metzner died February 13, 1917, at Bayonne, New Jersey. His body was transported to Indianapolis and interred at Crown Hill Cemetery on February 16.

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Captain Adolph Metzner
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-126232