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 Samuel John Althoff

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Samuel John Althoff

  • Birth 12 Nov 1821 Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 3 Mar 1909 Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 83945350

One brother not linked: Jacob Althoff
Two sisters not linked: Mary Althoff & Margaret Althoff
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Battle of Hanover occurred 148 years ago today during Gettysburg Campaign:
Posted on June 30, 2011 by Scott Mingus

The Battle of Hanover that humid June 30 was the largest military encounter in York County's history.
Thousands of warring cavalrymen clashed in the vicinity, leaving behind more than 300 casualties. Many suffered saber cuts and pistol wounds from close order combat in which soldiers at times battled hand-to-hand along Frederick Street.
Samuel Althoff witnessed the whole thing.
"I was at my home where I now reside on Baltimore Street when Kilpatrick's men entered Hanover," Althoff recalled. "Like the rest of our citizens interested in seeing them move through town, I went up to Centre Square and watched them passing by and helped to feed them as they moved along on horseback."
Before 10:00 a.m., as he was handing out cigars to the Union horsemen, he heard shooting south along the Westminster road,
He returned to his Baltimore Street home.
His family had gone to the cellar, but he climbed through the attic to the roof. There, he saw mounted soldiers dashing back and forward along the roads and in the fields west of town.
In a grain field, he saw Confederate sharpshooters rising from the tall grain to fire at the Union troops in and around the town.
Rebel cannon on Cemetery Hill and near the Westminster road began to fire shot and shell over the town at Federal soldiers on Bunker Hill.
"About this time, an officer of the New York Regiment rode down Baltimore Street and commanded me to get off the roof of the house," Althoff wrote, "for I was in danger of being shot, so I went down stairs."
Sam Althoff and his fellow citizens huddled in their homes as the battle raged around them. It was not what they expected that jubilant morning when they had greeting Kilpatrick's soldiers.
Dead soldiers and horses, cast-off military accoutrements, and the debris of war filled Frederick Street by nightfall.
Clean-up and recovery efforts soon began, but the residents for years would recall that fateful summer Tuesday back in 1863.


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  • Maintained by: Laura Kessler Hershey
  • Originally Created by: Larry G Britner
  • Added: 24 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 83945350
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel John Althoff (12 Nov 1821–3 Mar 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 83945350, citing Saint Josephs Catholic Cemetery, Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Laura Kessler Hershey (contributor 47639879) .