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COL Charles Ellet, Jr
Birth: Jan. 1, 1810
William Penn Manor
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 1862

Civil War Union Army Officer, Civil Engineer. Built the first permanent wire suspension bridges in America (across the Schuylkill River at Fairmont, Pennsylvania, 1842; over the Niagara River at the Falls in 1849; across the Ohio River at Wheeling in 1849). He also built the "Mountain Top Track" across the summit of the Blue Ridge at Rock Fish Gap, Virginia in 1854. An advocate of the battering ram as a naval war vessel, he was ultimately commissioned a Colonel of Engineers by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Ellet converted nine steam ships into ramming vessels (designated the "Mississippi Ram Fleet"). He led his ships in the victorious Federal attack upon the Confederate fleet at the battle of Memphis on the Mississippi River, June 6, 1862. The assault destroyed most of the defending Confederate ships. Colonel Ellet was shot in the knee during the naval fight, and the wound he sustained caused his death 16 days later, making him the only casualty on the Union side from the battle. His son, Charles Rivers Ellet, commanded one of the ram boats in the engagement. 
Family links: 
  Charles Ellet (1777 - 1847)
  Mary Israel Ellet (1780 - 1870)
  Elvira Augusta Daniel Ellet (1817 - 1862)*
  Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell (1839 - 1930)*
  Charles Rivers Ellet (1843 - 1863)*
  Cornelia Daniel Ellet Moore (1851 - 1874)*
  Charles Ellet (1810 - 1862)
  Edward Carpenter Ellet (1819 - 1907)*
  Alfred Washington Ellet (1820 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Pistol ball shot to the knee at the Battle of Memphis 
Charles Ellet, Jr.
Jan. 1, 1810 - June 21, 1862
Eminent Civil Engineer,
Canal, Railroad
Suspension Bridge Builder
Wheeling, 1849
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section C, Lot 12
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jun 28, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5772
COL Charles Ellet, Jr
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COL Charles Ellet, Jr
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COL Charles Ellet, Jr
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- Wagon Master
 Added: Feb. 3, 2017
Colonel, thank you for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jun. 21, 2016
With deepest respect and may you, Sir, Rest in Peace.
- Capt. D. J. Sanders
 Added: Feb. 26, 2016
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