Company B 22nd Infantry
Private Michael Werner was born
in Prussia, Germany on September 1, 1860.
He came to live in the United States at some time between 1860 and 1870.
(Note: His last name is given in both of his enlistment records as Warner.)
He enlisted in Company B 22nd
Infantry for a period of five years on November 20, 1890
at Minneapolis, Minnesota. His enlistment record indicated he had dark brown eyes, dark
brown hair, a ruddy complexion and stood 5 feet 10 ¾ inches tall. Though his record shows
that he was listed as a deserter on March 24, 1892 and apprehended the next day on March 25,
he was given an honorable discharge at Fort Harrison, Montana upon expiration of his current
enlistment, his discharge being dated November 20, 1895, with a character qualification of "Good."
Werner reenlisted at Fort
Harrison on November 23, 1895 for a period of three years in
22nd Infantry. On this enlistment record his occupation was given as cook. Also on this record is indicated
that he died July 2, 1898 of a "Gunshot wound in action, Caney, Cuba."
(Note: The Battle of El Caney
was on July 1, 1898. The Regimental history written in 1904 lists
[as Michael Warner] being killed in action on July 1, 1898, the day of the battle.)
Above: The Return of
Casualties for the 22nd Infantry for July 1, 1898 lists Michael
Werner (as Michael Warner
and marked by the website editor with a red star on the right) as being killed on July 1, 1898 by a gunshot wound
in the area of the left nipple.
The Returns of the 22nd Infantry
for the month of July 1898 recorded that Michael Werner
(listed as Michael Warner) died on July 2, 1898 "Of wounds received in Action."
Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery
Yellow Medicine County
Grave marker for Michael Werner
22 U.S. INF.
Photo by Joan
Grave monument for Michael Werner
Inscription on lower part of monument reads:
Co. B 22nd U.S. Infantry Regt.
Geb. 1 Sept. 1860
Gest. 2 July 1898
at El Caney, Cuba
Photo by Joan
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