Edgar Julius Oscar Gerhard Ludwig von Westphalen was born March 26 1819 in Trier, Germany. He was a son of the royal Prussian Governor, Ludwig von Westphalen, and his second wife Caroline Heubel .
|Ludwig von Westphalen|
His father was a friend of Heinrich Marx, the father of Karl Marx, and the children of both families became friends.
|Karl Marx as a young man|
|Jenny von Westphalen|
In 1836, Johanna "Jenny" von Westphalen and Karl Marx became secretly engaged. Ludwig approved the marriage in 1837, even though some saw Marx, who was both middle class and younger than her, as well as of Jewish descent, as an inappropriate partner for the baronial daughter.
In 1842 Marx was present at the deathbed of Ludwig. Jenny and Karl married in 1843, a year after Ludwig's death.
Edgar von Westphalen was 42 years old when the American Civil War began.
|Fighting in Germany|
One of the most tragic episodes in the history of Kendall County happened in 1862 after Texas joined the Confederacy. The Confederacy considered the free thinkers of Sisterdale and like communities to be a threat. A number of Kendall County Germans became conscientious objectors to the military draft. Confederate authorities reacted by imposing martial law on Central Texas. Sixty-one conscientious objectors attempted to flee to Mexico. Confederate irregular James Duff and his partisan rangers pursued them. At the Nueces River, thirty-four were killed, and some executed after being taken prisoner. In 1866, Kendall County erected the "Treue der Union Monument" ("Loyalty to the Union") monument dedicated to the German Texans slain at the Nueces massacre.
|Karl Marx, Edgar's brother-in-law|
|Ferdinand von Westphaalen|