Mathias Neis

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Description albumen print on card stock of Mathias Neis. MARKS: Back Mark: Carte de Visite by/C. J. Tomlinson/Photographic Artist,/Union Block,/Winona, Minn.

Year Range from 1865
Event Civil War
Year range to 1865
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 20869
Notes Three-quarter seated view of Mathias Neis, formerly of Company H, 1st Wisconsin Infantry (three-month regiment) taken in a gallery. Neis wears a civilian frock coat and trousers with white shirt and tie, he holds a book in his right hand which rests on a table. He enlisted from Oshkosh on April 16, 1861, and mustered out with the regiment on August 21, 1861. He and Joseph Arnold were the only two men from Oshkosh in the company. In 1866 he is listed in the Oshkosh city directory as a butcher, the same profession as Joseph Arnold before the war.
Mathias was born circa 1838 at Prussia. He was a son of Johan B. and Elizabetha Neiss. Elizabeth and Johan were both born circa 1806 at Prussia. John was listed in the 1860 federal census as a laborer residing in the first ward of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. Residing with him and his wife were the following children: Mathias; Catherine, born in 1836, died in 1908; Josephine, born in 1843, married in Winnebago County on Nov. 7, 1869 to Morritz Leopold Nicolai; and Johan P., born in 1847. All of the children were born in Prussia. Mathias was listed again in that same census as a butcher residing with the family of Conrad Ernst in the third ward of Oshkosh. Mathias resided at Oshkosh when he enlisted at Milwaukee, Milwaukee County on Apr. 16, 1861. He was assigned as above and was mustered out at Milwaukee on Aug. 21, 1861. Mathias was listed in 1868 as a butcher residing at 154 Main Street in Oshkosh. Matt died on May 13, 1886 at his mother's home on Madison Street. According to the obit, he was delirious and ran out into the street twice, "raving madly like an insane person". Attempts to take him to the Alexian Brothers Hospital and the Northern Insane Hospital were not successful. The North Side Turnverein was in charge of the funeral. He committed suicide and is buried with a simple military marker in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery, block 9. His brother, John P. died in 1918 and is buried with him. Also on that plot are markers for mother and father with no other readable markings.
Object ID P2000.16.14
Object Name carte de visite
People Neis, Mathias
Place Winona, MN
Print size W=2 1/2 H=2 in
Subjects Civil War
1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Title Mathias Neis
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