Charles Henry Godwin

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Charles Henry Godwin

Death 1 Dec 1891 (aged 66)
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Section:Confederate Field, Section 2 Row:V Number:46
Memorial ID 10714281 · View Source
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Charles Henry Godwin, Captain in the Confederate Navy, was born on July 19, 1825, to Silas and Ezit Elizabeth Taylor Godwin in West Stour, Dorset, England.

On April 23, 1847, at the age of 22, Godwin went to sea for the first time where he was apprenticed on board the Agnes, where he was to travel from London to Honduras. His servitude had him bound for four years, but Godwin deserted the Agnes the following year.

Between 1847 and 1862, Godwin appears to have traveled the world by working onboard numerous military and civilian vessels.

During the Crimean War, after being discharged from a ship in the Black Sea, Godwin found passage, first to Malta, and finally home to Southampton, where he arrived on July 25, 1855.

On August 24, 1862, he joined the Confederate Navy, where he was one of the original crewmen aboard the CSS Alabama. During his time on the Alabama, Godwin traveled the world as the Alabama gained notoriety for capturing, in its twenty-two month history, 447 vessels, 65 Union merchant vessels, sinking the USS Hatteras, and taking 2,000 prisoners without the loss of one life.

Godwin was on the Alabama when it took part in its last battle with the USS Kearsage off the coast of Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864. As the cruiser was sunk, the captain and some of the crew escaped on the British yacht Deerhound.

However, Godwin was rescued by a French pilot boat and was discharged from the Confederate Navy while in Cherbourg.

After surviving the sinking of the Alabama, Godwin returned home and married Sarah Bowles.

Then Godwin seems to have disappeared. There is no record of Godwin between 1866 and 1888, although he apparently settled in Texas during this time.

On December 15, 1888, Godwin was admitted into the Confederate Men's Home. He died on December 1, 1891.



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