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Pvt Charles Henry Littleton

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Pvt Charles Henry Littleton

Birth
Petersburg, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Dec 1912 (aged 64)
Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Marion, Grant County, Indiana, USA
Plot Section 3, Row 5, Plot 2050
Memorial ID 2862940 View Source
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CO. F., 55th KY. MTD. INF., UNION ARMY, CIVIL WAR Charles H. Littleton served in the Pennsylvania 50th Regiment, Company F. He was born in Petersburg, Pennsylvania, the oldest son of immigrant parents. On September 28, 1861, 15-year-old Charles enlisted as a musician and drummer boy. He was described as 5'6" tall, with fair skin, blue eyes, and light hair. While sailing to Beaufort, 500 soldiers from the 50th were aboard the steamer Winfield Scott when she encountered a gale off the coast of North Carolina. Newspaper reports of the incident describe a mad scramble to toss everything overboard, including guns, knapsacks, and even overcoats. The soldiers frantically bailed water as the masts cracked and water poured in. Somehow, all survived, and Littleton made it to Beaufort.

At some point, Littleton was injured and wound up in the hospital, where he etched his name on the wall. After recovering sufficiently, Littleton reenlisted with the Kentucky 55th Regiment, Company F, in the Drum Corps. He suffered from numerous health issues, possibly tied to his original injury. After the war ended, Littleton married Caroline Able, and she gave birth to their daughter in 1868. Caroline died in 1892, and Littleton's health challenges continued. By 1910 he was admitted to a Soldier's Homes for the disabled. On December 12, 1912, Charles Littleton passed away in Marion, Indiana, at age 64. He is buried in the Marion National Cemetery.

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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 2862940
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/2862940/charles-henry-littleton : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Charles Henry Littleton (25 Feb 1848–12 Dec 1912), Find a Grave Memorial ID 2862940, citing Marion National Cemetery, Marion, Grant County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .