He joined the 1st Wisconsin Infantry in August 1861, and mustered out in October 1864. During the Battle of Perryville he took over as the flag bearer for his regiment when the color sergeant was shot. He moved forward with the flag until he was ordered to stop midway by his commanding officer
He died on January 12, 1918, and was buried at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.
His grave can be found in section 33, row 10, grave 18.