MICHEL, MAXIMILLIAN (1843~1922) Maximillian Michel, a private in Company K of the 1st South Carolina Heavy Artillery, was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 16th, 1843. He was married to R.E. Michel on November 8, 1904 in Jefferson County, Texas. Together they had three children; in 1928 their ages were Mary Ann 24, Max, Jr. 20, and Virginia Michael 18.
Michel enlisted in the Confederate Army on February 18, 1862 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was listed "present" on military service records until June of 1863, when he was in the hospital for unknown reasons. His records show continued service in July of 1863, but from August 1863 until the May/June 1864 records, he is reported to have been hospitalized. It is possible he was wounded at Charleston Harbor where his company was during August of 1863. According to his pension record his company surrendered at Greensboro at the end of the war.
Maximillian Michel was a carpenter after the war, not much is known of his pre-war life. He applied for and received a pension from the state at the age of 73. He was admitted to the Texas Confederate Home March 10, 1920 and his listed correspondent was his wife Ella, still living in Houston, Texas.
Michel died at the age of 79, on May 29, 1922, and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery the following day.
In July of 1928, years after her husband's passing, Mrs. Michel applied for a confederate pension and was denied because of her age; she was too young at 55. A judge requesting the pension on her behalf said she had been left to tend to three children on her own and deserved her husband's pension despite being under the age limit; still, the request was denied.
Information from: Compiled Military Records, Confederate Home Roster, Death Certificate, researchonline.com, and the National Park Service website.