|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1839|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 1906|
New York, USA
ULRICH Christian On April 26, 1865, 3 miles from Port Royal, VA, Private Ulrich,
one of 25 men of Company E-16th New York (Lincoln's Avenger) Cavalry,
captured John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Pres. Abraham Lincoln
Very rarely is a man given the opportunity to step into the pages of history. Such a man was Orchard Park's Christian Ulrich. . On July 31, 1863, Ulrich enlisted in the Union Army to serve as a private in Company E, 16th New York Cavalry, organized in Buffalo. He was among those assigned to guard the nation's capital during the turbulent final weeks of the Civil War. In the same company were other Western New Yorkers--Pvts. David Baker and Frederick Dietz, who joined the Grand Army of the Republic at Concord. Christian Ulrich served until Sept. 21, 1865 and it was during this time he participated in a momentous 12 days in history. He was one of the 26 cavalrymen led by Lt. E.P. Dogherty who along with Lt. L. B. Baker and E. J. Conger of the War Department's Bureau of Detectives, were assigned the task by Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War to search and capture John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Lincoln.
After completing their mission, Ulrich and fellow soldiers returned home again to more routine duties. The war had been both an exciting as well as a terrible time for everyone. Letters sent to his good friend Michael Hoerner were dated 1864, and told of not getting paid for four months, and how they lost skirmishes with "Moseby's gang because the horses were poorly shod. "The boys were brave enough," said Ulrich. He listed the killed and wounded and told of "grubbing for eatables." As his part of the $50,000 reward for the capture of Booth and Herold, Christian Ulrich received $1,653, as did all the men on the detail. With it he purchased a 14 acre parcel of farm land bounded by Orchard Park, Michael and Union Roads. He built a home, married Barbara Eschrich on May 30, 1872 and raised their 10 children: Helene, John, Louissa, Catharine, Henriette, Amanda, Emma, Lucas, Friedrich, Ella. When he became further disabled from a wound sustained in the war, his son John took the front part of their home and moved it across the street. It became The Town Line House, and after an addition increased its size, became a rest stop for the travel-weary. It was later called the Saddle Inn which burned to the ground in 1971.
Ulrich was honored as one of President Lincoln's Avengers with a rededication ceremony on May 29, 1977 at his grave site. at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in West Seneca, NY Many of Christian and Barbara's descendants still live in the area to this day!
A special thanks to Madeline Feeney , Elaine Wilk Maloney , Janet Hegedus, Ruth Miller, and the West Seneca Historical Society for their contributions to this bio.
Ironies? There are many. One of which is the fact that on Nov. 9, 1863 Lincoln viewed John Wilkes Booth, starring in a play called "The Marble Heart." Another is that Mrs. Leo Petrie, granddaughter of Christian Ulrich, had a cousin, Madeline Bradshaw, who married Dr. Samuel Mudd's great nephew. Dr. Mudd had set Booth's leg which had broken during a leap onto the stage at Ford's Theater. He paid for it with a lengthy jail sentence and a disgraced family name.
Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: JIM HAAS
Record added: Oct 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22303149
In Your Memory|
Added: Nov. 9, 2014
Veteran of the Civil War|
Added: Jun. 6, 2013
Christian I now know how we are related. It has taken myself and your other descendants over 40 years to place this memorial. Now it is finished. may 14, 2009. RIP Uncle Chris. What a magic machine is the computer.|
Added: May. 14, 2009
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