Was there Civil War Participation on the part of Bechtold Relatives?
We can look at the direct line and do some digging:
The possible candidates at first glance are Henry Bechtold, Nathan Howes, Bernhard Dresser, and William Wascher.
I will do more census work, as the migration from Germany would put most Bechtold relatives outside of this conflict.
Nathan Howes would be the most likely candidate. During the Civil War, 1861 - 1865, Nathan would have been 43 to 47 years old. I have not been able to find any record of his involvement.
Please send any info on collateral lines that I could help research!