Hugh Schwär, O.S.B.

Brother Hugh Schwär, O.S.B., was “born at Endingen, Baden, on the 1st of April, 1808, he left Europe to join St. Vincent’s where he made simple vows on the 14th of January, 1855,” the St. Vincent’s Journal noted in his obituary. “His perpetual vows he made on the 6th of January, 1859. Brother Hugh was […]

Georgeius (George) Held, O.S.B.

Brother George Held, O.S.B., was born in Bavaria on March 3, 1821. He professed vows as a Benedictine monk on November 13, 1851. He died on December 10, 1875. He served as a soldier in the Civil War. Additional research is needed to complete this entry. Reference: Letters of Civil War Historia Monasterii I , […]

Bonaventure (Martin) Gaul, O.S.B.

Enlistment Date: July 14, 1863 Release Date: June 9, 1865 Unit: Company B, 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers Brother Bonaventure (Martin) Gaul, O.S.B., was a private with the 61st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, serving as an infantryman. He was enrolled on the fourteenth day of July, 1863, to serve three years. He was discharged from the service […]

Ulric (Frederick) Bart, O.S.B.

It might come as a shock to see a picture of a monk as first in the list of veterans who served in the Civil War. But interspersed among this list are other Benedictines from Saint Vincent, many who were born in Europe, who served their new country as infantrymen in the war, as well […]