Fold3.com‘s “Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914,” (taken from page 248 of roll 23, National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M233. The page is headed with the phrase “for the War with Mexico”) contains the enlistment information for the “older” Andrew Trautvetter.
The enlistment entry indicated this Andrew was 19 years old,had hazel eyes, black hair, and a light complexion. He stood 5’ 3 3/4″ tall and was a shoemaker born in Saxeweimar, Germany. He enlisted in Philadelphia on 15 May 1847 and was discharged on 14 August 1848 at the expiration of his service at Ft. Hamilton.
The enlistment entry images are a part of this post and shown below.
This “older” Andrew Trautvetter’s enlistment is inconsistent with the one for the younger Andrew discussed in an earlier post. The ages are nearly ten years apart and the physical description (the “younger” Andrew had blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion and stood 5’10”). The places of birth are consistent, but the occupations are different as well. It doesn’t seem that these are the same men.
There is another Andrew Trautvetter who was in San Francisco, California from the 1860s and on. Whether this is one of the two Andrews we’ve discussed or a separate one we’ll leave to a future post.