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Charles McKnight Leoser
Birth: Aug. 4, 1839
Reading
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1896

Civil War Union Army Officer. A Graduate of the May 1861 United States Military Academy Class, he was posted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd United States Dragoons on May 6, 1861. The need for trained officers in the Army expansion after the firing on Fort Sumter detailed him to the Volunteer Ranks, and he was appointed as Adjutant of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry on day later. He would rise through the ranks over the next three months, becoming Major on June 15, and Colonel and commander on August 15 (and was appointed a 1st Lieutenant in the 2nd United States Regular Cavalry on August 8). By the time he has become Colonel, the unit had already had two (the first was the famous Colonel Edward Ellsworth, the second, Colonel Noah Farnham, died of wounds from the First Battle of Bull Run). He oversaw the unitís deployment in the Fall and Winter of 1861-1862, then resigned his Volunteer commission on April 17, 1862, reverting to his 1st Lieutenancy in the 2nd US Cavalry. He participated in the June 9, 1863 Battle of Beverly Ford, Virginia, where he was wounded in the right side. Promoted to Captain (to date from the battle), he served with the 2nd Cavalry until the June 1864 Battle of Trevilian Station, where he was captured by Confederate forces. Confined in the infamous Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, he was moved to two more prison camps until he was paroled in September 1864. When he was formally exchanged in January 1865, he was assigned to the staff of Brigadier General Alfred T.A. Torbert. After the end of the conflict, he served as Provost Marshall for the Army of the Shenandoah in May 1865. In October 1865 he resigned from the United States Army, and soon began a long career as a publisher. he passed away in Larchmont Manor, New York in 1896. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 15, Row A, Grave 7
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Feb 13, 2005
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Charles McKnight Leoser
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Charles McKnight Leoser
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
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