Captain, 2nd Vermont Infantry, later Major and Lieutenant Colonel, 8th Vermont Infantry, 1861-1863.
After serving in the Union Army, Charles Dillingham moved to New Orleans where he stayed until 1885. At that time he moved to Houston as receiver of Houston and Texas Central Railway. When the South Texas National Bank was formed, he became first vice-president and later was promoted to president, then chairman of the board.
In 1863 Charles married Frances M. Cutter of Cleveland, Ohio, and they had two children, Edwin Kirke Dillingham and Mary Pauline Dillingham.
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