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Charles Helfrich

At the age of 40, while living in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Charles Helfrich enlisted as Lieutenant 2nd Class on February 18, 1865 and received his commission in Company G, 74th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment Volunteers. According to pension records, ...the rolls show him present except as follows...April 3 of '65 - A prisoner of war in the hands of the enemy since Mar. 3 of '65. Pris. of War records show him captd. at Green Spring Run, VA Mar. 3 of '65, escaped and reached Union lines at Lynchburg, VA, Apr. 13 '65; returned from leave of absence & assigned to duty at Camp Parole, MD. May 9, '65; sent to Harrisburg, PA in charge of exchanged prisoners May 18, '65. He was discharged by General Order May 15, 1865.

The circumstances around his capture were brought to light in Roger U. Delauter's book,McNeill's Rangers, Lynchburg, Virginia, H.E. Howard, Inc., 1986, 2nd Edition, Pg. 106, and read as follows:

After the war, Charles and his family moved to New York City, where he was a commission merchant until his death on April 16, 1899 at the age of 74. He was buried at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, New York. After his death, Charles’ wife, Amelia, applied for a widow’s pension but was denied it because he had not served the requisite 90 days, only 87. Photograph and information submitted by Charles Helfrich's great-great-great grandson, David Helfrich.

Charles Helfrich

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