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Private Charles Steinkamp (Steincamp), Co. F. & Co. I

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Charles Steinkamp (Steincamp), aged 19, arrived in New York Harbor on December 5, 1860 from Bremen, Germany on board the Cariolan, where his occupation was listed as farmer.  Roughly six months later, he enlisted into Co. F of the 62d on July 3,1861.  After re-enlisting on January 1, 1864 he was transferred to Co. I at Brandy Station, Virginia (named after a local tavern that had a sign posting the selling of brandy). At the time of enlistment, Private Steinkamp was  5’7” tall with blue eyes, blond hair,  light complexion and listed his occupation as farmer.  On May 6th, 1864 he was wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness, but no record could be found of the nature of his injury.  He would recover from his wound and was mustered out of service with the rest of the Regiment on August 30th, 1865.

 

On July 29, 1866, Charles Steinkamp married Magdalena Johanna Graff at a Lutheran Church in Manhattan, New York and they would produce one child, Mary, shortly after. Apparently preferring Johanna to Magdalena, she was born in 1831 in Bavaria.  Charles became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1866, renouncing his Prussian citizenship.  From 1867 through 1878, he would move his family to different addresses around Brooklyn and the annual Brooklyn City Directories show his occupations varying from house framer to common laborer. 

 

On January 19, 1879, at 37 years of age, Private Charles Steinkamp died, unfortunately no cause of death could be located.  He was buried at the Lutheran Cemetery, Middle Village, Long Island. His wife would file for a widow’s pension on June 5th that same year. According to The Special Schedule- Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Widows Magdalena Steinkamp, wife of Charles Steinkamp, Co. I., 62d New York Infantry, was provided and dwelling in Norfolk, Massachusetts until her death on March 1, 1890.

Research article by Joe Basso