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Charles Christopher Sheats
Birth: Apr. 10, 1839
Walker County
Alabama, USA
Death: May 27, 1904
Decatur
Morgan County
Alabama, USA

US Congressman. He is best known for his loyalty to the Union before and during the Civil War. He attended the Somerville Academy in Morgan County and became a school teacher in northwest Alabama. On December 24, 1860, he was elected as a delegate to the Alabama secession convention by the citizens of Winston County. He sided with the so-called "cooperationists" who had no particular platform but rather a diverse spectrum of political, economic, and social ideologies. They believed that Alabama should not immediately secede and any ordinance of secession should be further ratified by the state's voters. He voted against the ordinance which was passed, and refused to sign it. He returned to Winston County and on July 4, 1861, he was the principal speaker at a public forum at Looney's Tavern in Double Springs, Alabama. In his speech he declared that Winston County should abstain from the war and be neutral to both the Confederacy and the Union, but the state of Alabama refused to recognize the declaration and argued the actions were unconstitutional. Later in 1861, he was elected to the Alabama state legislature but refused to attend because all representatives were required to swear an oath to the Confederacy. His continued support of the Union and opposition to the Confederacy finally forced him to leave his home and he took refuge in the mountains of north Alabama. In July 1862, he was caught and arrested by the Confederate Army for treason, to include the urging of Alabama men to enlist in the Union Army. He was expelled by the Alabama legislature and remained in Confederate custody, and at one point was sent to a prison in Salisbury, North Carolina. He was returned to Madison County, Alabama, released, and in mid-1863 was rearrested for advocating that Alabama should surrender to the Union and seek peace but he was never tried. He remained a political prisoner until the Confederacy surrendered in April 1865. In September 1865, he was elected to Alabama's constitutional convention. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1867 and practiced law in Decatur, Alabama. He served as a Republican elector in 1868 and 1872 when Ulysses S. Grant won the presidency. On May 31, 1869, President Grant appointed him to the US Consul at Elsinore, Denmark, and he served in that post until he was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1873, serving until 1875. He was then appointed Appraiser of Merchandise for the Port of Mobile and Alabama's Assistant Collector of Internal Revenue and worked in these political positions until 1884. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
McKendree United Methodist Church Cemetery
Falkville
Morgan County
Alabama, USA
 
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Record added: May 06, 2003
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Charles Christopher Sheats
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Charles Christopher Sheats
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- Evening Blues
 Added: Apr. 2, 2013
Charles Christopher Sheats was instrumental in signing up many Union soldiers for the 1st Alabama Cavalry, Union Army. He spoke to a group of Unionists on July 14, 1862, urging them to fight side-by-side for a cause they believed in and put down the rebel...(Read more)
- GMT
 Added: Sep. 2, 2012
There is a Mary Sheets and an infant C.C. Sheets bur. in Maple Hill Cemetery in Madison County Al.Location in the cem. is unknown.He was married in Madison County .I believe this is his wife and child.
- Kenneth & Carolyn
 Added: Sep. 2, 2011
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