Birth: November 24, 1833
Date of Enlistment: September 1, 1861
Date of Discharge: May 31, 1862
Reason for Discharge: Disability
Rank at Discharge: Private
Family and Personal Background
Charles F. Losch was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, November 24, 1833, a son of Charles and Julia Losch, who came to the United States when Charles was three years of age and made their home in Darke County, Ohio, and in 1841 moved to Jay County, Indiana, and settled in Pike Township, where they both died. Of their eight children, five were living in 1887–Abraham and Joseph in Pike Township, and Elizabeth, Catherine and John in Illinois. Charles F. Losch was reared on a farm and became one of Pike Township’s leading agriculturists.
Charles F. Losch enlisted in Company F of the 36th Indiana on September 1, 1861 and was discharged on May 31, 1862 for physical disability.
It is likely that Charles was one of the many who became sick during the winter of 1861-62 at New Haven, Kentucky and Camp Wickliffe. Three men from Company F died during that time and several others were discharged for physical disability.
November 4, 1863, Mr. Losch was married to Miss Melinda E. Heister, who was born in Boundary, Indiana, February 26, 1843, a daughter of Daniel Heister, a pioneer of Jay County. The spring following their marriage they went to housekeeping on the farm where the family still lived in 1887. At that time they owned 120 acres, eighty acres being a present to Mrs. Losch from her father. Thirty acres had been cleared and a small house had been built, and from this beginning they by industry made a good home, adding to their estate eighty acres, and at the time of Mr. Losch’s death 100 acres were under cultivation. Five children were still living under the home roof in 1887–Daniel J., Mary E., John H., Charles E. and Louisa A. A daughter, Alice, died aged two years, and two children died in infancy. Mr. Losch died May 30, 1879. His life was a worthy and honorable one, and his name is worthy of mention with others who were influential in making Jay County one of the best in the State. He was consistent member of the German Reformed church, and in politics he was identified with the Republican party.
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- BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL RECORD OF JAY AND BLACKFORD COUNTIES, INDIANA, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887 – Page 381
- The Story of the Marches, Battles and Incidents of the 36th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry by William Grose (1891).