Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Chicago's Only Waterloo Veteran

Presumably...

The smallest cemetery in the City of Chicago measures little more than 100 square feet and is located in the middle of a scrapyard off Ewing Avenue. It has one permanent resident, Andreas von Zirngibl. Zirngibl was born in Bavaria in 1797. At 18 he was a soldier in the Prussian army that helped beat Napoleon at Waterloo, though he came out of the battle with only one arm. He then returned to Bavaria to work as a fisherman and start a family. In 1854 Zirngibl arrived in Chicago with his wife and five children. He bought a 40-acre parcel of land south of the city, near the mouth of the Calumet River, for $160 in gold, and resumed his fishing. But after less than a year in his new home, Andreas caught a fever. He died on August 21, 1855.

https://chicagohistorytoday.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/chicagos-smallest-cemetery-von-zirngibl-grave/

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