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Christian Hofsaess (15))

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Wiferdingen, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: March 26, 1883 (49)
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States (Pleuro-pneumonia)
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob (Georg) Hofsaess and Philippina Hofsaess
Husband of Magdalena Hofsaess
Father of Jacob Christian Hofsiss, HOFSI(AE)SS/; William HOFSISS; Pauline HOFSISS; Louise HOFSISS; Magdalena HOFSISS and 4 others
Brother of Jacob HOFSAESS; Johann Philipp HOFSAESS; Georg Adam HOFSAESS; Philippina Elisabetha HOFSAESS; Johann Wilhelm HOFSAESS and 8 others
Half brother of Sophie Barbara HOFSAESS

Managed by: James Daniel Hofsiss
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About Christian Hofsaess

Christian Hofsaess was born March 28, 1833 in the village of Wilferdingen in the Duchy of Baden which is almost exactly between Pforzheim and Karlsruhe, west of Stuttgart in what is now Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Christian emigrated to New York in 1853 on the U.S. bark John Wesley*, (520 tons, built at Searsport, Maine, by John Shirley in 1852) and settled in Brooklyn. He married Magdalena Ernst of Rheinbischofsheim on March 31, 1853 in a German church in Williamsburgh (Brooklyn), NY. One year later, on March 1, 1854, Lena gave birth to a son, William. William was followed by Pauline, on August 8, 1856 and Louise, born December 23, 1858. Apparently, both Pauline and Louise died at a young age because no record is found of them in the 1870 Census records. Another daughter, Magdalena was born on May 29, 1861.

Christian enlisted in the Union Army on September 8, 1862. He served the 3rd Battalion German Heavy Artillery in the defense of Washington, D.C. In September of 1863 the unit designation was changed to the 15th Regiment of New York Heavy Artillery, Volunteers. Christian continued to serve in the defense of the capital with Captain Charles Eifler's Company B Until April, 1864. Following that, his unit saw action in the Battle of the Wilderness at Spottsylvania Court House, Fredericksburg Road, Jericho Mills, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church, then in the the Siege of Petersburg from June, 1864 to April, 1865. Nearing the end of the war the regiment participated in the Appomattox campaign and the pursuit of General Lee and was at Appomattox Court House at the surrender of Lee and his army. Following the end of hostilities they took part in the March to Washington, D.C. and the Grand Review on May 23. Christian was mustered out on June 5, 1865 with the rank of Sergeant.

Christian's second son and namesake, Christian, was born on May 8, 1864. After the war Christian found work as a cabinet and box-maker. My great-grandfather, Jacob Hofsaess, was born on September 3, 1866. He was followed by Friedrich on March 4, 1869; and another daughter, Anna, on October 27, 1871. Christian and Lena's last child, a son named Valentine, was born on December 27, 1877.

During his service in the Union Army, Christian suffered from "sun-stroke," "chills and fever," and rheumatism. In the late 1800s "sun-stroke" was the medical term for what is today known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many Civil War veteran's suffered from this ailment. Continually plagued by health problems resulting from these ailments, Christian Hofsaess died on March 26, 1883 at nearly 50 years of age.

( * - According to Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby, ed., _Germans to

America; Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports_, vol. 6 (Wilmington,

Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1989), p. 143, Christian Hofsaess, age 20,

male, farmer, from Baden, arrived at New York on 12 September 1853 aboard

the bark JOHN WESLEY, of Searsport, Maine, [Lebbeus] Curtis, master, 32

days from Le Havre, with merchandise and passengers, to R. P. Buck & Co.

The JOHN WESLEY was a bark--a three-masted sailing vessel, square rigged

on the fore and main masts, and rigged fore-and-aft on the mizzen

mast--of 520 tons, built in Searsport, Maine, by John Shirley in 1852. I

know nothing more about her other than the fact that she was wrecked on

the coast of Florida [William Armstrong Fairburn, _Merchant Sail_

(Center Lovell, Maine: Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation,

[1945-1955], vol. 5, pp. 3500 and 3503].)

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Christian Hofsaess's Timeline

1833
March 28, 1833
Wiferdingen, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1854
March 1, 1854
Brooklyn, Kings Co, NY
1856
August 8, 1856
Brooklyn Kings Co, NY
1858
December 23, 1858
Brooklyn Kings Co, NY
1861
May 29, 1861
Brooklyn Kings Co, NY
1864
May 8, 1864
Brooklyn Kings Co, NY
1866
September 3, 1866
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
1869
March 4, 1869
Brookly Kings Co, NY
1871
October 27, 1871
Brooklyn Kings Co, NY