|Birth: ||Jul. 26, 1823|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 2, 1896|
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.
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Plot: Lot 5981, Gentian Path
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Dec 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23211273