|Birth: ||Jan., 1835|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 1903|
68y 2m 29d
1903-04-08; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
BRAVE VETERAN DEAD
Charles O. Strayline Had Narrow Escape at Battle of Gettysburg
Charles O. Strayline, aged 68 years, died yesterday at his home 1735 Columbus avenue, of psoriasis. Mr. Strayline was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers, formerly known as Colonel Baker's California Regiment. His brother George was made sergeant of the same company for bravery in the field. His brother Theodore was a member of Baxter's Zouaves, and was killed at Gettysburg. His father, at the age of 54, enlisted in 1862 in the 8th Pennsylvania Calvary Volunteers, and was discharged, after fighting for a year and a half, for disability.
Charles Strayline and a party of the 71st had a narrow escape at Gettysburg. They managed to force their way over the stone wall at "bloody angle" and were immediately captured by Pickett's brigade. The Confederates advised the prisoners to go to the rear and remain in safety. One half of the little band of heroes went. The others, among them Strayline, remained, and, in about twenty minutes, when the wall was once more forced, they were recaptured, together with a number of Pickett's men, by their friends. Mr. Strayline was a member of Post 8, G. A. R., the Survivors' Association of the 71st Volunteers, Washington Camp, 688, P. O. S. A.; Penn Township Council, 65, O. U. A. M., and the Postoffice Protective Association. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 2 o'clock, services being conducted by Rev. Dr. Medlar. Interment at Mount Vernon Cemetery."
Charles was one of 5 sons born to Charles and Catharine Strayline of Philadelphia, PA. Charles and two of his brothers, George W. and Theodore W., enlisted in the Union forces in 1861. As fate would have it, they all fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, 1-3 July, 1863. Charles and George survived, but their younger brother Theodore W. Strayline died at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. At war's end, Charles married and had two daughters. He passed away just short of the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. His brother George W.Strayline by 1900 was a patient in Fort Monroe, a disabled veteran's home in Virginia where he died in 1910.
Charles Strayline (1801 - 1880)
Catharine Wise Strayline (1806 - ____)
Mount Vernon Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 10, 2010
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