Nebraska Authors

August Scherneckau

Born 1838-12 (GERMANY)

Died 1923
Clatsop County, OR (USA)

Warrenton, OR (USA)
Ocean View Cemetery

Scherneckau emigrated from Germany and settled in Grand Island, Nebraska. He joined the Nebraska Volunteers in 1862 and served until 1865 in the Volunteers' campaigns in Missouri, Arkansas, and Nebraska Territory. His Civil War diary, written in German, was translated, edited and published in 2007 by James E. Potter of the NSHS and Edith Robbins.

Places Lived

Grand Island, NE
Cross Hollows, OR

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Civil War Diary; Nebraska-History


Soldier, Civil War Conflict
Saloon Owner

Places Worked

Cross Hollows Post Office, Cross Hollows, OR
Scherneckau Store, Saloon and Inn, Cross Hollows, OR


The Plat where Scherneckau settled in Cross Hollows, Oregon was called Shaniko Plat by the Native Americans because that is how they pronounced his name.


Marching With the First Nebraska: A Civil War Diary. 2007.

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