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Avenging Lincoln

posted Feb 12, 2009, 7:11 AM by John Kavanagh   [ updated Feb 12, 2009, 7:22 AM ]
This morning NPR had an interesting story appropriate for the birthday of the Great Emancipator: At Ford's Theatre, Lincoln's Death Revisited. The story ends with an account of assassin John Wilkes Booth trapped and hiding in a barn surrounded by New York Cavalry at Port Royal, Virginia.

At this point the story intersects with an ancestor of mine.

Christian Ulrich (1839-1906), my Great Great Great Uncle from Württemberg, Germany, was one of the men who had Booth surrounded. After immigrating to the United States at age 7 he settled on a farm near Buffalo, New York. Later in life he joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Civil War. On April 26, 1865, 3 miles from Port Royal, Virginia, Private Ulrich, one of 25 men of Company E-16th New York (Lincoln's Avenger) Cavalry, captured John Wilkes Booth.

Christian Ulrich is buried in a cemetery in West Seneca, New York on Reservation Road.