|Object Name||Carte de visite|
|Description||Albumen print on carte de visite stock of Sergeant Joseph Trexell, Company B, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Another image is inscribed in front, "Louis Trecksel" (Joseph's younger brother was Lewis Trexell and did not serve in the Civil War). A cancelled 3 cent revenue stamp is on the back.|
21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
|Copyright||Oshkosh Public Museum|
|Cataloged by||Cross, Scott|
Full standing view of Sergeant Joseph Trexell. He is wearing a tailor-made fatigue blouse with three exterior pockets. He also wears a private purchase military vest with large watch chain. He is leaning his arm on a studio prop newell post.
Joseph Trexell was born about 1842 in Clinton, Wayne County, Ohio. His mother's name was Mary Trexell, but his father's name is unknown and had died prior to 1850. Joseph was living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin when he enlisted in Company B, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on August 12, 1862. He had two brothers: Anthony and Richard who also enlisted in Oshkosh in different regiments. Joseph rose through the ranks from Corporal to Sergeant and mustered out on June 8, 1865 at Washington, DC. After the war he moved to Newaygo County, Michigan, homesteaded, married, and had three daughters. He was divorced prior to 1900 and died in Algoma, Kent County, Michigan in July 1926.