Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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Term: Anneke, Fritz 1818 - 1872
(Note: death date given in original as "Dec. 8 or 9, 1872.") soldier, journalist, German revolutionary, b. Dortmund, Westphalia, Prussia. A discharged refugee Prussian artillery officer, he migrated to the U.S. and Milwaukee with his wife, Mathilde Franziska Anneke (q.v.) in 1849. With other '48ers, he established Wisconsin's first Turnverein and the People's Literary Society. In 1852 he left Wisconsin, and from 1852 to 1859 served as editor or correspondent for various reform newspapers in the U.S. From 1859 to 1861 he was correspondent in Europe covering the Italian Revolution. Returning to Wisconsin in 1861, he served as an artillery officer in the Union army. Charges of insubordination and desertion soon frustrated his service, and after imprisonment and trial he was discharged from the army in 1863. He then lived principally in St. Louis and contributed to Midwestern and German newspapers. In 1870 he moved to Chicago where he was agent for the German-American Society (Deutsche Cesellschaft) until his death. W. Hense-Jensen, Wis. Deutsch-Amerikaner (2 vols., Milwaukee, 1900-1902); C. Schurz, Reminiscences of C. Schurz (3 vols., New York, 1907-1908); Chicago Tribune, Dec. 9, 1872; F. and M. F. Anneke Papers; WPA field notes.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Fritz Anneke and Mathilde Franziska Anneke Papers for details.
[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]