The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
Benjamin Tannrath was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1827. He came to New York where he met his wife Caroline Hunt. They were married in that city before coming to St. Louis in 1858. He was living in St. Louis in 1861, when he enlisted with the 1st Regiment Missouri Light Artillery Battery B as a First Lieutenant. He was injured near Springfield in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. Upon recovery he continued his service, being promoted to Captain with Battery I on September 1, 1862. His battery served in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee before he was mustered out on April 26, 1864. Following the war, he returned to St. Louis and worked in the decorating and upholstering business. He died in 1903.