Philip Benjamin Muehlbauer 12,13
- Born: 16 Dec 1840, Bavaria
- Marriage: Anna Simon on 25 Oct 1870 in Spencer County, Harrison Twp., IN
- Died: 18 Feb 1908, Poseyville, Posey Co, In St. Francis Xavier Cemetery at age 67
- Buried: Catholic Cemetery.
Phillip B. Muehlbauer served in the Union Army from November 2, 1862 until his discharge in New Orleans on November 2, 1865. He was in Company F of the 1st Regiment of the U.S. Cavalry, attached to the Army of the Potomac, and thus they engaged in the same battles, including the Battle of Gettysburg and the Rapidan Campaign.
In 1864, Company F was placed under the command of Phil Sheridan, and engaged in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, including Sheridan's Raid and Appomattox Station, and they were present at the surrender of General Lee at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.
Phillip suffered a sabre wound while in New Orleans, and later applied to the Department of the Interior for a war pension for this and for rheumatism as a result of his service in 1893. The case continued for 13 years until 1906, when he was awarded 3/5 pension benefits.* Two years after winning his case Phillip died at age 68.
* U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions: Case No. 349533.
Noted events in his life were:
ē Military, 2 Nov 1862, Union Army. 14,15 served in F Company of the 1st regiment of the U. S. Cavalry from Nov. 2, 1862, discharged from New Orleans, La., Nov. 2, 1865
FROM PHILLIP MUEHLBAUER'S PENSION DEPOSITION (1896):
"The rheumatism was the first disability I had in Company F, 1st U. S. Cavalry, and it came on me in May 1864 at camp on the Rapidan, Va. ... I was never in the hospital on account of rheumatism.
I was in the hospital about September 1865 on account of an injury to my right foot caused by my horse falling with me. I was in the ... hospital in New Orleans.
I received a shell wound in my left side at Winchester Va. in September 1864 but was not in the hospital.
I got a saber wound at Mechanicsville, Va. : canít tell the time. The wound was in my left leg, but I canít get a pension for it, it donít amount to much."
FROM DYERS COMPENDIUM'S ENGAGEMENTS FOR THE 1ST CAVALRY
On the Pacific Coast till November, 1861, Concentrated at Washington, D.C., November, 1861, to January, 1862. (Cos. "D" and "G" in New Mexico. Evacuation of Forts Breckenridge and Buchanan. Stationed at Fort Craig. Defense of Fort Craig January-February, 1862. Near Fort Craig February 19.Action at Valverde February 21. Apache Canon, near Santa Fe, March 26. Glorietta or Pigeon Ranch March 28. Albuquerque April 25. Peralta April 27.) Regiment attached to Cooke's Cavalry Reserve, Army Potomac, January to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Reserve, Army Potomac, to July, 1862. Headquarters Army Potomac to February, 1863. Reserve Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Potomac, to August, 1864. 3rd (Reserve) Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to December, 1864. Headquarters Army Shenandoah to March, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Potomac, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21, 1861 (Cos. "A" and "E"). Battle of Bull Run July 21 (Cos. "A" and "E"). Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., till March, 1862. Moved to Virginia Peninsula March. Siege of Yorktown, Va., April 5-May 4. Cheese Cake Church May 4. Reconnaissance to Hanover Court House May 26. Operations against Stuart June 13-15. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Gaines' Mill June 27. Malvern Hill July 1. Reconnaissance to Charlestown, W. Va., October 16-17. Charlestown October 16. Battle of Fredericksburg. Va., December 12-15. Expedition from Potomac Creek to Richardís' and Ellis' Fords, Rappahannock River, December 29-30. Kelly's Ford March 17, 1863. Stoneman's Raid April 29-May 8. Brandy Station and Beverly Ford June 9. Middleburg June 19. Upperville June 21. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Williamsport. Md., July 6. Boonsboro July 8. Benevola or Beaver Creek July 9. About Funkstown July 10-13. Falling Waters July 14. Manassas Gap, Va., July 21-22. Wapping Heights and Chester Gap July 23. Kelly's Ford July 31-August 1. Brandy Station August 1-4. In Defenses of Washington till September. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Manassas Junction October 17. Bristoe Station October 18. Advance to the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Barnett's Ford February 6-7. Custer's Raid in Albemarle County February 28-March 1. Near Charlottesville February 29, Stannardsville March 1. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Wilderness May 5-7. Todd's Tavern May 7-8. Sheridan's Raid to the James River May 9-24. Ground Squirrel Church and Yellow Tavern May 11. Mechanicsville May 12. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Hanovertown Ferry and Hanovertown May 27. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Old Church and Mattadequin Creek May 30. Bethesda Church. Cold Harbor, May 31-June 1. Sheridan's Trevillian Raid June 7-24. Trevillian Station June 11-12. Mallory's Cross Roads June 12. Black Creek or Tunstall Station and White House or St. Peter's Church June 21. Jones' Bridge June 23. Siege of Petersburg till August. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Malvern Hill July 28. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7-November 28. Toll Gate, near White Post, and near Newtown. August 11. Near Strasburg August 14. Summit Point August 21. Halltown and near Kearneysville August 25. Leetown and Smithfield August 28. Smithfield, crossing of the Opequan, August 29. Locke's Ford, Opequan Creek, September 13. Sevier's Ford, Opequan Creek, September 15. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher's Hill September 21. Milford September 22. Front Royal September 23. Luray Valley September 24. Port Republic September 26-27. Rockfish Gap September 28. Mt. Crawford October 2. Tom's Brook, Woodstock Races, October 8-9. Expedition into Surrey County October 16-18. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Near Kernstown November 11. Expedition into Loudoun and Fauquier Counties November 28-December 3. <dy_1690> Expedition from Winchester to near Gordonsville December 19-28. Liberty Mills December 22. Near Gordonsville December 23. Sheridan's Raid from Winchester February 27-March 25, 1865. Occupation of Staunton March 2. Action at Waynesborough March 2. Duguidsville March 8. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Dinwiddie Court House March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Scott's Cross Roads April 2. Tabernacle Church or Beaver Pond Creek April 4. Sailor's Creek April 6. Appomattox Station April 8. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Expedition to Danville April 23-29. Moved to Washington, D.C., May. Grand Review May 23. Ordered to New Orleans, La., and duty there till December, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 73 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 91 Enlisted men by disease. Total 175.
When the war commenced, Company F was stationed at Fort Crook in Northern California. Consequently, it did not get to the seat of war until early 1862. Thereafter, the 1st Cavalry was attached to the Army of the Potomac and, as you can see, fought in most of its campaigns. It was detached in 1864 and placed under the command of Phil Sheridan and campaigned in the Shenandoah Valley, including the battle of Winchester. The Rapitan is a River in northern Va. and was the scene of many a battle. The fact that trooper Muehlbauer was wounded by a saber is interesting. Saber wounds were somewhat rare as the cavalry of both sides preferred to use firearms during a melee.
ē Occupation: Farmer.
Philip married Anna Simon, daughter of Henry Simon Jr and Anna Nemer, on 25 Oct 1870 in Spencer County, Harrison Twp., IN. (Anna Simon was born on 1 Sep 1853 in Fulda, Spencer Co, IN, died on 25 Feb 1932 in Poseyville, Posey Co, In St. Francis Xavier Cemetery and was buried in Catholic Cemetery..)