Charles Amman, Cashier of the Exchange Bank. Plain City, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 6, 1842. His parents were Xavier and Bridget (Duplar) Amann the former a native of France and the latter of Switzerland. His father emigrated to America when a young man, and, after stopping a short time in New York, located at Cincinnati. where he worked at his trade-tailoring. He was twice married, Charles being the only child by his first wife. Our subject enjoyed the advantages afforded by the graded schools of Cincinnati until eight years of age, when he went to Sidney with his father, who engaged in the merchant tailoring business there, and Charles attended the Sidney Public Schools. He then learned the molder's trade, which he followed until 1862, when he enlisted from Adams Township. Champaign County. in Company H. Forty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Capt. Rhodes. On the 20th of October, 1863. he was captured at Philadelphia, Tenn., together with a large number of others, and taken to the rebel prison at Belle Isle. afterward being removed to Danville, Salisbury and Florence. From the last-named place he was taken to Charleston. S. C., in 1864, and placed. with 600 Union officers and 600 Union men, in a building, under the fire of the Federal guns then shelling the city. On the near approach of Gen. Sherman, Mr. Amann was removed to the prison at Goldsboro, from whence the records show he was paroled February 24, 1865. He well remembers seeing emaciated and fever-stricken prisoners, in great numbers, left by the rebels to die. He was fever-stricken at Goldsboro. and, while unconscious, was thrown into the "dead-wagon" and hauled off for burial, the records of Wilmington. where the Goldsboro dead were buried, showing that " Charles Amann, of Company H. Forty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, died March 26, 1865," and was buried in the National Cemetery. He has no recollection of his release, and does not know how he regained his release. It is said that, according to the prison records, he was a prisoner longer than any Ohio soldier. with but one exception, during the war. After the war, he engaged in business at Plain City, with marked success, for twelve years in the drug business, with Isaac Leonard, and in 1881 he took his present position. He is a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, and of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a Republican in politics. He has been Township Clerk and Trustee, and Mayor and Councilman of Plain City.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]