The Civil War in Missouri

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Lieutenant Alexander Pfeifer

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Accidents and diseases were far greater threats to soldiers’ lives than battle. Lieutenant Alexander Pfeiffer died on August 10, 1862, when he lost his footing and drowned while bathing with other soldiers in the Mississippi River near Helena, Missouri. The search for his body was unsuccessful and on the day following his death, the search was called off.Pfeiffer was a very well-liked officer and his death hit his fellow soldiers hard. His loss so touched the regimental officers that they adopted a set of resolutions offering condolences to Pfeiffer’s parents and wore badges of mourning for seven days in his memory.