Posted By:Carl C.
Subject:Joseph Egolff, Civil War Prisoner (hero?)
Post Date:December 15, 2009 at 07:48:31
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JOSEPH EGOLFF, second great-grandson of September 1746 German immigrant, MICHAEL EGOLFF, (progenitor of "The Cumberland County, PA EGOLFFs), was born 7 Mar 1841, son of JOSEPH and SUSANA (MICKEY) EGOLF, probably in the Carlisle, PA area. He was baptized on 27 Mar 1841 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle, PA.

He was enumerated in the 1860 census in Mechanicsburg Borough, Cumberland Co., at age 19, as an apprentice coach maker to Shroeder, master coach maker.

He enlisted in the Company H, 7th Pennsylvania Reserve on 28 May 1861 as a Private. He was eventually captured at the battle of Wilderness, Virginia on 5 May 1864 and subsequently imprisoned in the horrific Andersonville Prison in southwest Georgia.
(see <>). Having survived that, he was exchanged on 5 April 1865.

He subsequently married MARGARET E. HUSTON in 1865 with whom he had four children with only ARTHUR VERNON EGOLF surviving infancy.

Joseph and Margaret and their family were enumerated in the following census years and locations: 1870, Silver Springs Twp., Cumberland Co., PA; 1880, in North Middleton,
Cumberland Co., PA; 1900, Ward 3, Carlisle Boro, Cumberland Co., PA, all as a blacksmith.

Joseph's wife, Margaret, had died about 18 Oct 1906, with Joseph enumerated as a widower at age 69 in the 1910 census in Ward 1, Wilkes Barre, Luzerne Co., PA. He last appeared in the 1920 census in Perry Twp., Snyder Co., PA.

Joseph died 14 March 1920 at age 79 in Selinsgrove, PA and was buried in the Old Graveyard, in Carlisle, PA.

Ed Worman, who touts himself as "Regimental Historian for the (Civil War) 188th Pennsylvania Regiment" offered this item regarding Joseph's imprisonment in Andersonville:

> I got interested in Joseph because I read a passage in A.O. Abbott, Prison Life in the South at Richmond, Macon, Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Goldsborough and Andersonville During the Years 1864 and 1865. Abbott published his book in 1866. He was a Lieutenant in the 1st NY Dragoons and captured at Todd's Tavern. On p.201, (Chapter 10, entitled "At Andersonville" by Ira E. Forbes, 16th CT Regt.) there is a reference to Joseph: "About the middle of July I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a most excellent young man from Philadelphia, a member of the 7th Pennsylvania R.C. Volunteers, Joseph Egalf [sic] by name, who was actively engaged in caring for our neglected wounded men. From morning till night he went about dressing their wounds and ministering to their wants, and was unremitting in his efforts to benefit and comfort them. All in suffering had his sympathy and compassion, and his aid, so far as it was in his power to render assistance. What finally became of him I do not know, but, should he be living, it is hoped something may be done to reward him handsomely for his many acts of love and kindness toward our poor boys who were with him at Andersonville."
> How about a Medal of Honor?

Joseph's and Margaret's surviving son, ARTHUR VERNON EGOLF, married MARY I. SWAILS 5 Sep 1896 and were subsequently enumerated in the 1920 census of Susquehanna, Dauphen Co., PA with four children, HAROLD V. age, 23; MARY M., 22; JOHN J., 20; and ARTHUR, 17.

In the interest of Ed Worman's item above, this writer, or Joseph's second cousin four times removed, KENNETH L. EGOLF (<>) would appreciate a contact from any of Joseph's descendants of his four children whose roots were in Dauphen Co, PA.

Carl C. Egolf