Hubert Anton Casimir Dilger was the first child born to Eduard Dilger, a physician in the Black Forest region in Germany. Eduard Dilger was married to Emmeline Duerr, the daughter of Heinrich Duer, an art collector and watchmaker to the grand duke of Baden.
Emmeline died not long after the birth of Hubert's brother, their third child. Eduard Dilger was devastated and thought of putting Hubert in an orphan asylum. Emmeline's parents took the boy into their household.
When Hubert was 13, his aunt, Marie, married August Lamey, and Hubert moved in with the newlyweds. August Lamey was professor of law at the Roman Catholic University when Hubert came to live with them. He later served as minister of the interior and member of the Reichstag. After his death, a statue was erected in Manheim; it was removed during the Third Reich, some believe because of Lamey's part in legislating civil rights for Jews.
Hubert was educated in the Karlsruhe Military Academy. He served as a lieutenant in the Grand Duke's Horse Artillery. He developed several innovative theories on artillery tactics and drill.
He was 25 years old when the Civil War began.
|Memorial Plaque at Gettysburg|
Elise died in 1906 while visiting her daughters in Germany. Hubert died May 4, 1911. He was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
|Grave of Hubert Dilger|