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Charles Carleton Coffin
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Birth: Jul. 26, 1823
Boscawen
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1896
Brookline
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA

NEWSPAPER CORRESPONDENT, AUTHOR, HISTORIAN

Charles Carleton Coffin was the son of Thomas and Hannah (Kilburn) Coffin and in his youth he worked at his family farm. He married Sallie Russell Farmer on Feb. 18, 1846 and became a surveyor, but by the mid-1850s he became a newspaper correspondent. He became one of the most successful war correspondents in the Civil War, using his middle name as his nom de plume, "Carleton," for the Boston Journal. He then expanded his profession by becoming an author, writing what would be one of his most successful books, My Days and Nights on the Battle-field (1864), written at the adolescent level, as would most of his later works.

In the next three decades, he wrote over two dozen books, approximately half of them on the Civil War and the remainder generally historical or patriotic subjects. Among his most successful titles were The Boys of '61 and The Boys of '76. He also wrote a few novels and a number of addresses and pamphlets, and was also a successful lecturer. In his later years, he entered politics, including one term in the Massachusetts Senate (1890).

Coffin had a very affable personality, and although he never had any children, he inspired several generations of adolescents to read historical and patriotic works. He died from apoplexy at age 72. Two years later, a biography of him appeared, Charles Carleton Coffin: War Correspondent, Traveller, Author, and Statesman by William Elliott Griffis. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sallie Russell Farmer Coffin (1826 - 1910)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Lot 5981, Gentian Path
 
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Dec 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23211273
Charles Carleton Coffin
Added by: Leon Edmund Basile
 
Charles Carleton Coffin
Added by: Leon Edmund Basile
 
Charles Carleton Coffin
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C C Coffin is in CREMATIONS. This area in Mount Auburn is very impressive. Sometimes there are inscriptions, sometimes there is not. His spouse is on GENTIAN.
- Jacki, Weymouth Massachusetts
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014

- Mary Harrell-Sesniak
 Added: Apr. 29, 2009
 
 
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