|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1858|
A Prominent Captain during the Mexican and Civil Wars
On July 1, 1840 he graduated from the Military Academy (where he attended for five years) he graduated and was promoted to Second Lieut in the 7th Infantry Army. In his early years of service he served in many places including Ft. Columbus, New York, Florida War, New Orleans Barracks, Louisiana, and scouted against Indians in 1844. While serving at New Orleans he was promoted to First Lieut in the same Infantry on Sept 30, 1845. He went on to serve at Pass Christian, Mississippi, and Military Occupation in Texas. He also served during the Mexican War, having to fight during the Defense of Ft. Brown, Battle of Monterey, and Siege of Vera Cruz. He was awarded on April 18, 1847 an honor for his Gallant and Meritorious Conduct. On August 19 through 20, 1847 he fought during the Battle of Contreras where he was severely wounded. He was then placed at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri for a year. He then served on frontier duty in Santa Fe, New Mexico until 1850, going back to the Barracks at Missouri. He was promoted to Captain of the 7th Infantry on July 16, 1850. He then continued with his service at Ft. Gibson and various places in Arkansas during the years of 1851 through 1855. After this time, he was then sent to Ft. Smith, Arkansas serving there for 3 years, he was then sent to Ft. Laramie, Dakota in 1857. At the end of his military career in early 1858 he was in Fort Smith, Arkansas where he passed away at the age of 42. He was laid to rest at the Fort Smith National Cemetery where they had just buried their 22mth old daughter, Mary 3 months earlier. Charles and his wife Laura share a tall monument and sitting beside the monument is a little lamb shaped stone for their daughter.
(Some of the above data was researched from the website http://www.library.ci.corpuschristi.tx.us/MexicanWar/humberch.htm )
Fort Smith National Cemetery
Created by: Rosa Cline
Record added: Jun 11, 2006
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