German Abolitionists in the Civil War
German Abolitionists in the Civil War will be the subject of a talk at the Hermann Branch of the Scenic Regional Library on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at 601 Market Street in Hermann. Author and Executive Director of the Missouri Germans Consortium Dorris
Keeven-Franke will share the lives of the Muench family who emigrated to Missouri in 1834. She will portray Pauline Muench Busch, who emigrated to Missouri as a 6 year old girl and member of the Giessen Emigration Society. The story is shared in their own words, diaries, journals and photos, and explains life for Germans leading up to the Civil War and their relationship with the issue of slavery. Pauline Muench, married Gordian Busch who lived near Washington, Missouri and raised fourteen children tells her story of what it was like to be a mother and a wife during the war.
Her younger brother is Berthold Muench, who joined Sigel’s Regiment; and who was present at the attack on Camp Jackson and the Battle at Wilson’s Creek. She is the oldest daughter of writer “Far West” Friedrich Muench who lived at Dutzow and served in Missouri’s State Senate during the war. He was a close friend of Hermann’s Eduard Muehl and often wrote for Hermann’s newspaper the Licht freund before it closed. A radical he pushed hard for the education of the former slaves following the war, with his friend Arnold Krekel.
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