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Pvt Charles Frederic Allyn
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Birth: Mar. 4, 1844
Death: Jun. 4, 1893

Charles Frederic Allyn;

Charles F. Allyn

Residence Detroit MI; 18 years old.
Enlisted on 8/12/1862 at Detroit, MI as a Private.
On 8/13/1862 he mustered into "G" Co. MI 24th Infantry
He was discharged for disability on 5/17/1865
He was listed as:
Wounded 7/1/1863 Gettysburg, PA
Wounded 6/3/1864 Cold Harbor, VA (Severe wound in forearm)
Charles Frederic Allyn was born in Detroit Michigan on March 4, 1844.

While serving with the 2nd Michigan Charles participated in McClellan's Peninsular Campaign, fighting at the battle of Yorktown. He was captured at the battle of Williamsburg and was taken to Richmond as a prisoner. He was quickly paroled and returned to Detroit. He was probably formally "exchanged" for a confederate prisoner, although family tradition has it that his enlistment in the 24th Michigan violated his parole.

He again volunteered for service, this time with company G of the 24th Michigan, on August 12, 1862, aged 18. Two of his step brothers also enlisted in company G : Charles A. Wilson and George W. Wilson. During his service the 24th Michigan, Charles participated in 9 more battles and skirmishes. the first day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863. Charles received 2 wounds on that fateful day. He was struck in the head by a "spent ball", and was also wounded in the right side. He was eventually taken to the field hospital that had been set up in the Lutheran Seminary.

By March 1864 he was sufficiently recovered that he was able to rejoin the Regiment in the field. He fought during Grant's Overland Campaign at the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania Courthouse, and the North Anna river. On June 3, 1864 he was again wounded during the fighting at Cold Harbor (Bethesda Church). This wound was much more severe, and shattered his right elbow joint, and then traveled on and lodged in his right side. In order to save the limb, surgeons removed "4 inches of bone" from the joint area.Charles Frederic Allyn was discharged on May 17, 1865, and returned to Detroit, Michigan.

In 1874 he married Alice Amy Ludlum. The couple had 9 children, one of whom died in infancy.

Since his arm was nearly useless, Charles petitioned the US government for compensation. He was awarded only a lump sum of 18 dollars, equivalent to the cost of an artificial limb. Ironically, if the surgeons had amputated his arm, he would have been entitled to a higher pension.

Charles is known to have enjoyed spending time with his old comrades at the GAR hall in downtown Detroit, but may never have formally joined the organization. He is said to have been a heavy drinker in the years after the war; this is understandable, given the nature of his wounds and the persistent pain that he endured.

Charles Frederic Allyn died on June 4, 1893 at the age of 49 years, 3 months. The cause of death was determined to be an aneurysm or brain tumor. The family believed that this was caused by the spent ball at Gettysburg 30 years before.

After Charles' death, Alice raised her family in Comber. About 1900, however, she moved to Detroit. She received a small pension as the widow of a veteran beginning in 1895. She died in Detroit on December 24th, 1935.


This gentleman also served in Company I, 2nd Michigan Infantry under the name of Charles Allen. His widow, Alice, filed for a pension benefit in June of 1893 in Canada.

The SUV Grave Database notes that he has a "Private Headstone or Family Monument" at his gravesite at:

Cemetery Name: St. George's Church
City, Town, Village: Comber
Township: Essex
County: Ontario
State/Country: Canada

Most of the information on this page was previously published by David Allyn in The Twenty-Fourth Telegraph . David is directly descended from Charles through Charles' fourth son George Albert Allyn. 
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