Short Bios | Frederick Trenk

Captain Frederick Trenk, 32nd Indiana
By Michael A. Peake

Frederick “Ned” Trenk assisted Captain Jacob Glass as 2nd lieutenant in organizing the German company of Madison, Indiana, that traveled to Indianapolis, mustering into the 32nd Indiana as Company “B” in August 1861. In May 1862, Trenk was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company “I” and the following November he became company commander. Soon after the battle of Stones River, Captain Trenk faced court marshal for numerous charges, including mutiny, but his conduct in several previous engagements shed positive light on his case. He resigned for the good of the service and returned to Madison.

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

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Captain Frederick Trenk
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129652