Lorenzo Vanderhouf - Civil War Hero

The Civil War, the most vicious war fought on American soil, devastated our country, and brought new freedoms that united the nation stronger than ever. Many people all over the states were drafted and fought for the Union. Lorenzo Vanderhoef represented Medina proudly by volunteering to fight in battles including Antietam. Medina had no slavery laws, so we were a free state (Union) fighting against the South (Confederates) who wanted slavery.
Lorenzo may have gotten influences from growing up in a town with a legendary figure like H.G Blake and how many great accomplishments he had made. Lorenzo gave a first hand account of the war from his own personal diary, straight from the battle lines is where he was broadcasting as his own stories portrayed what was going. At this time Medina was still growing but not only was Lorenzo off at war so war 1,500 more Medinians fighting in the vicious terrain making Medina and the union proud.

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Union Soldier Lorenzo

Union Soldier Lorenzo

The first diary entry that exists inside of Lorenzo's diary was on April 27th, 1861. After enlisting on 23rd into the army Lorenzo was thrilled to be a part of the Union Army and to service his country. In this picture you can see Lorenzo in his uniform which normally came with undergarments, coat and jacket, hat, a bag to carry their things, cartridge and musket bag, and lastly a bayonet. Image Courtesy of Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

Battle of Antietam

Battle of Antietam

Lorenzo survived the battle pictured here: the Battle of Antietam. Antietam is an infamous event in history fittingly nicknamed the "Bloodiest Single Day." There were approximately 22,720 casualties in this one day affair on September 17, 1862. There were no diary entries found about the battle itself, but it is known that he was not so lucky, as he was wounded four times marching in the "Bloody Lane." Image Courtesy of Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection/American history - 1862 View File Details Page

The Wounded

The Wounded

A lot of soldiers were wounded during the Civil War, and Lorenzo was one of them. He was shot four times in the battle of Antietam. He was lying on the battle field with dead soldiers of the Union. They thought he would be dead. Confederate sympathizers found him and brought him to a hospital where he able to survive and live a life after the war. When you were shot in an arm or a leg you normally got it amputated. Image Courtesy of CivilWarPhotos.net View File Details Page

Civil War Hospital

Civil War Hospital

After Lorenzo was wounded, he was taken to a makeshift hospital, like the one pictured here. These hospitals were common during the Civil War period. They were usually made from family homes and the healing practices were nothing like today. Mercury, considered a toxic material today, was used as medicine. There was a belief that wounds could be healed easier when all "bad blood" was sapped from them, but in reality, the process was more similar to bleeding to death. Picture taken from the Library of Congress View File Details Page

Return to the home town

Return to the home town

Here you can see the HG Blake's Old Phoenix building in Medina around 1865, right after the Civil War. It was not guaranteed that soldiers returned home after the war. Some did by train, horse or foot, and some did not. Lorenzo did not return to Medina. He moved to Michigan. Image Coutesy of Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

Audio

Lorenzo's November, 8th, 1861 Diary entry

Being issued supplies at Mechanicsburg. Read by Stephen Vojvodich View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Nicholas Rager, “Lorenzo Vanderhouf - Civil War Hero,” Discover Medina, accessed July 24, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/143.

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