Christian Friedrich August Bloedner was a German-born carpenter from Cincinnati, Ohio, until his enlistment in the 32nd Regiment Indiana Infantry in August 1861. He commemorated the deaths of his comrades killed in action at the Battle of Rowlett's Station, Kentucky, in December 1861, by building the first American Civil War monument, completed in January 1862, for the 32nd Indiana Monument. It was placed in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky after the Civil War.
August Bloedner was born around 1825 in Altenburg, Saxony, Germany. After the Civil War, he return to Cincinnati, where he worked as a marble/stone cutter until his death from heart disease on November 14, 1872.
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