Martin Biber

Martin Biber was born 1838 in Sweden.

Martin immigrated to the United States eventually settling in western Michigan and by 1860 he was working as a farm laborer probably living with and/or working for one John Orr in Lee Township, Allegan County. At some point before the war broke out Martin probably moved to Muskegon, Muskegon County.

He stood 5’10” with blue eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion, and was 23 years old and probably living in Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company H on May 13, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers”, was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

Martin had been promoted to Sergeant by the time he was wounded in the right arm on May 2 or 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia, and for his participation in that engagement he was awarded the “Kearny Cross”. He soon recovered from his wounds and rejoined the Regiment and was apparently shot in the right wrist while the Regiment was engaged at the Peach Orchard, during the battle of Gettysburg, on July 2, 1863. He was subsequently admitted to Hammond general hospital at Point Lookout, Maryland on July 4, 1863, suffering from a gunshot wound. According to his medical records, “A minnie [sic] ball passed obliquely or rather above the right wrist, fracturing the radius and ulna. Patient came to [the hospital] with the fracture badly united [?] and the wound not healed. The wounds at this time (Aug. 26) are healed and the patient in the enjoyment of excellent health.” He soon recovered and returned to duty on September 10, 1863.

Martin was on duty with the regiment when he reenlisted on December 24 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Muskegon, Muskegon County, and was presumably absent on veterans’ furlough for thirty days during January of 1864. If so, he probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of February.

Martin was killed in action on May 6, 1864, during the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia and was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers in the Wilderness.

No pension seems to be available.