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Captain Charles Yust
Co. A, 21st Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry

Born: June 13, 1823 at Grafenhainichen, Little Saxony, Prussia,
Died: April 2, 1907 in Canton, Missouri,
Married: November 7, 1847 at Grafenhainichen
To: Christiane (Christena) Henriette Beaher (Becher, Becker)
born June 12, 18;21 at Grafenhainichen,
died November 24, 1897 at Canton, Missouri.

Captain Yust was drafted in 1842, serving in the 27th Infantry of the Prussian Army until 1851, when he took his discharge and immigrated to the United States via New Orleans, settling at Canton, Missouri. His wife, Christena, immigrated via New Orleans with their children Emma and Charley in April of 1853, joining the Captain at the pioneer home he had gone ahead to prepare. The Captain's older brother (Charles Frederick Yust, Sr.) and his family followed in 1855.

When the Civil War started, he was elected Captain of a company of Home Guards formed by the citizens as a protection against the so called "Bush Whackers." This Home Guard company evolved into Company A, 21st Missouri Infantry Volumteers, and was mustered into the U.S. service the 15th of July, 1861, until the 19th of April, 1866. During the time of their service the Captain took part in the engagements at Clapp's Ford, Edina, and Lancaster, Missouri; at Shiloh, Nashville, and Oxford, Tennessee; at Tupelo and twice at Corinth, Mississippi; at Spanish Fort, Alabama; and at Fort Blakely, Florida.

Charles and Christena celebrated their golden wedding on October 15, 1897, but in celebrating the event Christena caught cold and soon died.

Biographical information was generously provided by Marilynn Howard .

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