|Birth: ||Apr. 2, 1837|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1905|
Los Angeles County
Civil War: Co. I, 5th California Infantry, and
Cos. F & C, 1st California Veteran Infantry
Charles Parsons Albee was the son of Parsons Albee (1809-1889) and Lucy Ann Scott (1810-1890). He enlisted as a private at Marysville, California, January 3, 1863, and was mustered into Company I, 5th California Infantry, February 28. He re-enlisted at Mesilla, New Mexico, November 30, 1864, and was transferred to Company F, 1st California Veteran Infantry. He was subsequently transferred to Company C and finally discharged at Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 5, 1866. He was single and working as a miner in Gilpin County, Colorado, in 1885. Charles was a resident of the California Veterans' Home at Yountville, Napa County, when he filed for a Civil War veteran's pension May 6, 1896. He received application No. 1,176,892 and certificate No. 921,869. He relocated from Oakland, California, to the Pacific Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, at Sawtelle, California, arriving on February 14, 1898. He appears as a resident at the Sawtelle soldiers' home in the 1900 census. Charles remained at the Sawtelle Home until his death from a gun-shot wound inflicted by soldiers' home resident John Condon. Charles was buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.
VETERAN'S WOUND PROVES FATAL.
SOLDIERS' HOME INMATE DIES AT HOSPITAL.
SLAYER IS UNDER ARREST.
Charles P. Albee, Shot Tuesday by John Condon at Sawtelle, Survives but a Few Hours.
Charles P. Albee, a veteran of the Civil war, who was shot by John Condon at the Soldiers' home at Sawtelle Tuesday evening, died early yesterday morning at the Soldiers' hospital.
Condon was arrested a few hours after the shooting and taken to the county jail on a charge of assault to kill. The charge will probably be changed to that of murder.
Frank Connor, a witness to the shooting, testified at the Inquest yesterday afternoon that he saw Condon shoot Albee and declare afterwards that he was glad of the deed and that he should have done it a year ago.
(Los Angeles Herald, Volume 32, Number 271, 29 June 1905)
FOUND GUILTY OF SLAYING COMRADE.
VETERAN MUST SERVE LIFE SENTENCE.
John Condon, Formerly Inmate of Soldiers' Home, Convicted of Murdering Charles P. Albee as Result of a Feud.
John Condon, a veteran of the Civil War and a former inmate of the old soldiers' home at Sawtelle, was found guilty of murder in the first degree by a jury in Judge Smith's department of the superior court yesterday and his sentence was fixed at imprisonment for life.
The crime with which Condon was charged was the shooting of Private Charles P. Albee at the home [on June 27] as a result of a feud between the two men extending over a period of several months.
Condon told the story of the crime on the witness stand yesterday and never once did the white-haired old veteran attempt to shield his action, although he knew that a death sentence or life imprisonment would probably result from his statements.
"There had been trouble between Albee and myself for many months," said Condon. "I was unable to make friends with him during my stay at the home and he always seemed to hate me. When I would pass him he would spit on the ground as though my presence was distasteful to him.
Tells of Fatal Fight
"This state of affairs kept up until I could not stand it and at last we met. I was going to the dining room of the home and was standing on the veranda of that building when Albee came toward me. We said things we should not have said and before I knew what I was doing I had shot him. I saw him raise his cane, but that was all. I did not know what I was doing and had no control over my actions."
Albee died the day after the duel and Condon was brought to the Los Angeles Jail. He asserted at that time he was sorry he had killed his enemy.
When the verdict was read yesterday Condon's eyes filled with tears, but he remained perfectly erect. "No, I have nothing to say regarding the verdict," he said. "It was all right, I reckon. A few more years will do for me, anyhow. I am 75 now and even the lightest sentence would have been a life sentence for me."
Condon will be sentenced Tuesday morning and the decree of the court fixing his imprisonment will come from Judge Smith, a member of the G.A.R. and a former comrade of the accused.
(Los Angeles Herald, Volume 32, Number 364, 30 September 1905)
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Los Angeles County
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