A Story of Desertion


Today was a first. The first time I have seen the charge of desertion against an ancestor. It was during the Revolution.

The man in question is Goodhart Tressler, a resident of Maryland of German descent. According to his company captain, a John Kershner, Goodhart deserted his post on June 2nd, 1778. The soldiers were stationed at Fort Frederick, Maryland at the time, guarding prisoners.

Perhaps one of these days I will be able to dig up more details on this story. What prompted him to walk away? Was the wife and family in trouble?

Goodhart was the great-grandfather of my great-great grandmother Ellen Catherine Lint. The name Catherine, or Katherine, had been passed down through the generations, beginning with Goodhart’s wife, Catharina.


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