Hagen, Charles, was born in Harburg, Hanover, February 28, 1839, a son of Conrad and Johanna Hagen, and came to America in 1861. November 5, of that year, he enlisted in Co. D, 100th N. Y. Vols., Colonel Payne's company. He was company clerk and also chief clerk at General Terry's headquarters, and served three years and three months, participating in the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Seven days retreat, Bottom's Bridge, the advance on Charleston, S. C., Petersburg, and many other noted battles. He also had the distinction of setting fire to the only ship the rebels had to carry supplies between Charleston and Fort Wagner, a steamer known as the Monigault. He received a bullet wound on May 7, 1864, and was at once taken prisoner by the rebels, but escaped to his own lines when both armies were firing. Mr. Hagen is a member of Scott Post No. 129, and has been senior vice-commander, and is at present chaplain of the post. He has been register of vital statistics and notary public, Democratic county committeeman of his town, and has been town clerk for upwards of twenty-two years. He has married twice; his first wife was Mrs. Cook, and his present wife, Louise Moritz. Mr. Hagen's mother lived to be 101 years old and died in 1894. In December, 1868, he went to Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland on a visit, staying there eight months.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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