Sergeant Charles Herbstritt


Charles was born in 1841. His parents were Charles Herbstritt and Margaretha Paul. They came to Philadelphia from Ettenheimweiller, Bavaria. I am not sure if Charles was born in Philadelphia or in Germany. I don't have a date for when they came to the U.S.  They moved to St Mary's PA some time in the mid to late 1840's. They were among the original settlers. St Mary's is in Elk County and is predominantly German. They even have a brewery there run by the Straub family. 


Charles was wounded at Gettysburg and later died at a hospital in York, PA.  He is buried at the Prospect Hill Cemetery and its so far from home that I doubt his parents ever got to visit his grave site. His father died the same year.