Cambrian: Arts & Events

Don Dallmann tells great-great-grandfather's tale in book

Author Don Dallmann
Author Don Dallmann

Don Dallmann, former pastor at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, also known as the master of ceremonies of Cambria Oktoberfest, has joined the ranks of Cambrians who have published a book.

Dallmann’s great-great-grandfather, John J. Fischer, fought in the Civil War and kept a diary. Dallmann has been working on the project, partly a labor of love and partly an obsession, for several years.

Cambria graphic artist Craig Loud (Loudesign) designed the cover and map illustrations for the book.

Fischer was a member of the “Buffalo Regiment,” the 49th Regiment New York Volunteers, which was recruited in and around Buffalo, N.Y. He fought in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Opequon Creek, Fisher’s Hill and Cedar Creek, and took part in the Siege of Petersburg. He was wounded at Cedar Creek.

The diary takes note of the presidential election in November 1864 with a single word, “voted,” and records Lincoln’s assassination and the funeral day of “the late and lamented President Abraham Lincoln.”

Dallmann intends to present copies of “John J’s Journal: A Civil War Diary” to the Cambria Library and to Cambria American Legion Post No. 432. It is available on