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KARBERG, Peter. (Germany, Aug. 27, 1840--Lincoln, NB, July 2, 1884). Karberg came to Iowa in 1857 and settled in Guttenberg where he was a teacher. In 1861, upon the start of the CIVIL WAR, he enlisted. He was promoted to second lieutenant of a colored regiment in June, 1863. As with all black outfits serving the Union, commissioned officers were white and enjoyed instant promotion. (1) Karberg was a member of the Governor's staff; he was appointed by Gov. Gear, during his first administration, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was re-appointed to the same position. (2) He was mustered out June 16, 1866.

After the war, Karberg lived for several years in New York and Philadelphia and then returned to Clayton County, Iowa, and was appointed the first United States Mail Agent on the CHICAGO, DUBUQUE AND MINNESOTA RAILROAD and served one and a half years. He then purchased the printing material of the STAATS ZEITUNG, moved it to Lansing, Allamakee County and established a German paper under the name of NORD IOWA POST, which he relocated to Dubuque in 1877.

He was the father of Peter Kiesel KARBERG.



1. Broadnax, David Sr."Will They Fight? Ask the Enemy": Iowa's African American Regiment in the Civil War," The Annals of Iowa, State Historical Society of Iowa, Vol. 66, No. 3, p. 11. Online: https://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1140&context=annals-of-iowa

2. Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 819. Online: http://members.tripod.com/~Doreen_3/DBIOIJK.htm