|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1818|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1861|
Born in New York, Fllint, Michigan gunsmith Charles L. Gardner enlisted in Company F of the 2nd Michigan Infantry at the first call for troops to defend the nation's capital. He died of typhoid fever at Ft. Lyon, Virginia after seeing action at the First Battle of Bull Run.
He left a wife, Irish-born milliner Ellen Donovan Gardner, and three children: Mary Ellen, Charles Howard, and Murray A. Gardner.
His son Charles Howard Gardner enlisted as a drummer in the 8th Michigan Infantry at the age of 13, and was killed during the seige of Knoxville on 21 Dec 1863. The boy, who became a sort of mascot for his regiment, became legendary as the "drummer-boy of the Michigan 8th." According to Fox's "What I remember of the Great Rebellion, "Charlie" did not return to Michigan; his body remained in Knoxville.
Charles L. Gardner's obituary, Wolverine Citizen, Flint, Michigan, 23 Nov 1861:
"DEATH IN THE SECOND REGIMENT--It is our painful duty to record the death of Mr. CHARLES L. GARDNER, of Company F, Second Regiment Michigan Infantry. Mr. Gardner was a citizen of this place, well known to all our people. He died with the Regiment, in Virginia, of typhoid fever, at three o'clock on the morning of the 17th inst., after an illness of some duration, and was interred in the Cemetery of the City of Alexandria. His bereaved widow and family have the sincere and general sympathy of our citizens, in their bereavement."
Thanks to the Flint Public Library for their research assistance.
Ellen Donovan Gardner (1826 - 1887)*
Mary Ellen Gardner Hart (1844 - 1919)*
Charles Howard Gardner (1848 - 1863)*
Alexandria National Cemetery
Plot: Section A, Site 1731
Created by: waldonia
Record added: Aug 12, 2007
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