|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1841|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 1864|
Andersonville (Sumter County)
Charles, sixth child and fourth son of Solomon and Nancy Jane (Nottingham) Arbogast, and grandson of Benjamin Arbogast and
Frances Anne Mullins Arbogast, was born in Back Creek, Pocahontas County, Virginia--now West Virginia. He served as a private in Co. G, 1st Regiment, WV Artillery. He was captured and died from complications from scurvy in that very hot month of 1864. --"List of Union Soldiers Buried at Andersonville" by Dorence Atwater, 1865. Other records assign Mr. Arbogast's grave as Code #15341.
NOTE: "The Military and Civil History of Connecticut During The War of 1861-1865, by W. A. Croffut and John M. Morris, 1868: "For the complete roll of the martyrs who perished at Andersonville, the nation is indebted to private Dorence Atwater of Plymouth, Conn. Young Atwater was captured, with others of the First Squadron, near Hagerstown, Md., in a fight with Lee's retreating army, and was taken to various prisons, ultimately arriving at Andersonville in February, 1864. Being a neat penman, he was soon detailed as a clerk in the surgeon's office, to keep the daily record of deaths. While serving in this capacity, knowing of the appalling mortality inside the stockade, he secretly made a duplicate roll of all the deaths, which he surreptitiously brought away with him in March, 1865. He alleges that he sold to Col. Breck of the War Department, for three hundred dollars, the privilege of copying the rolls; the originals to be returned to him. Breck retained the whole. Afterwards, in visiting Andersonville with Miss Clara Barton to mark the graves, Atwater recovered possession of the list, and, on refusing to deliver it to the War Department, was seized by Col. Breck, court-martialed, convicted of theft, and sent to the Albany Penitentiary as a criminal. He was released with impaired health under a general amnesty, and, with the encouragement and assistance of Miss Barton, published the roll for the benefit of surviving friends."
NOTE: Surname also listed on some records as "Arbocast."
Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site
Plot: Grave #5341
Created by: Norton
Record added: Jun 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14574169