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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Great-Granddad

Great-Granddad

Charles G. Prossig, my great-great maternal grandfather. Born in Germany in 1829, he migrated to the US in 1849 and fought in the Civil War. He left two journals he kept during the war (including the battle at Gettysburg), his enlistment papers, military papers, discharge papers, an autobiography and an article in an IL paper about himself all which I have in my possession. He was married after the war and had six children, four of whom died young. My great-great grandmother died having the last child, which died that day also. My great-grandmother and great-uncle were the only children that survived. He died in 1906.

Charles Prossig

What a interesting man, can you tell us about his war journals?

 
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