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A Miracle at Gettysburg: the story of J. Sebastian Ostertag

4:00 PM, Jul. 16, 2013
Tintype of J. Sebastian Ostertag wearing his uniform. He is posed in front of a painted canvas back-drop depicting a military scene of a Sibley tent and canon.
Tintype of J. Sebastian Ostertag wearing his uniform. He is posed in front of a painted canvas back-drop depicting a military scene of a Sibley tent and canon.
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July 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.

A number of men from Oshkosh were present during the fighting and some gave their lives. However, one Oshkosh man who was thought to surely die from his horrendous wound not only survived, but would outlive every other man in his company.

Johann Sebastian Ostertag was born on April 21, 1839 in Westernhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany, the son of Valentine and Mary Ruedinger Ostertag. The family immigrated to the United Sates in 1847 through the port of New York. They soon settled on a farm in the Town of Nekimi, south of ...

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