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Emmitsburg's Civil War Soldiers

(Company C, Cole’s Cavalry)

Private Charles Currens

Submitted By: Gary Fisher & Patty Squires

Charles Clifford Currens a Life Overview

Charles Currens age 70

Charles Clifford Currens of Taneytown, Maryland was born on October 21, 1843 in Carroll County. He was Baptized at the Trinity Lutheran Church on November 12th, 1843.  Charles is listed on the 1850 Federal Census at the age of 7 living in Carroll County, and listed on the 1860 Federal Census at the age of 16 living in Taneytown, Maryland in Carroll County.

Charles served in Company C of the First Potomac Home Brigade (Cole's Cavalry) of the Union Army during the Civil War. He was captured in Virginia and was a Prisoner of War at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. He was later transferred to Florence, South Carolina.

After the war, he was a saddle maker for 24 years and served as the Post Master of Taneytown from March 28, 1873 to December 14, 1885.

On April 14, 1872 he married Amanda Schaffer. They had seven children.

Sometime near the turn of the Century Charles and his family moved to Thurmont, Maryland where he died from Tuberculosis at the age of 70 on January 15, 1914. He is buried in the Weller Church Cemetery.