2nd Lt. Charles Helfrich
Charles Helfrich was born on May 1, 1824 to Daniel & Margaretha (Bock) Helffrich, at their home in
Charles followed in his father’s footsteps and became a
merchant by trade, having stores in Hensingersville, Seisholtzville and later at
At the age of 40, while living in Kutztown, Daniel enlisted a Lieutenant 2nd Class on February 18, 1865 and received his commission in Company G, 74th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment Volunteers.
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.
of War records show him captd.
at Green Spring Run, VA Mar. 3 of '65, escaped and
reached Union lines at
There is a discrepancy here. My records
show him being discharged 3 days prior to being sent to
After the war Charles and his family moved to
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. Ironically, the pension had originally been granted because of a government records error, which incorrectly showed him discharged several months later.
For more information, please contact Dave Helfrich