My Great Grandfather Beckmann came over from Prussia in about 1861, he was heard to say to escape Prussian military service. We think he altered a few personal facts to make it hard for them to track him down and make him come back and serve that military service, which he was very scared of until the day he died in 1920. In this country, he went by Henry C. Beckmann, but actual name was Christian Heinrich Beckmann.
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His birth date on his tombstone says 1840 but he was actually born in 1839. He became a naturalized citizen in 1882, but was still concerned the German American Bund would turn him in to the Prussians. All these discrepancies added years to our genealogical searches, and still plague us trying to find other facts. I didn’t realize there were so many Henry or Heinrich Beckmanns running around the Midwest in the Civil War era!