Lieut Charles Hoskins


Lieut Charles Hoskins

North Carolina, USA
Death 21 Sep 1846
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section OPS1, Site 2259.
Memorial ID 58588379 View Source
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! HOUGH the untimely death of Lieutenant
Charles Hoskins at the battle of Monterey in
Mexico cut short his military career before he
had attained high conunand in the army, his
name deserves to rank on history's page among
_ the bravest and best of North Carolina's gifts
to the Nation.

Lieutenant Hoskins was bom in the year 1818 at Edenton, in the
county of Chowan. His paternal ancestors came originally from
Wales, but records of the old colonial precinct of Chowan show
that members of the family were settled in North Carolina for
some years prior to 1700. One of this name (and doubtless of
the same family) was a member of the Virginia house of bur-
gesses as early as 1649, representing Lower Norfolk County,
which bordered on the colonial county of Albemarle in North
Carolina, before that section was divided into the several counties
which now lie in the territory it formerly occupied.

The Hoskins family of Edenton was one of prominence and
approved patriotism in colonial and Revolutionary times. Its
members were adherents of the Church of England ; and one of
these, Richard Hoskins, was a member of the vestry of St. PauFs
Church at Edenton when that body patriotically seconded the
action of the North Carolina Provincial Congress in its efforts
for independence. The wife of Richard Hoskins also deserves to


be held in remembrance as a member of the company of ladies
who held the famous **Edenton Tea Party."

The father of Lieutenant Hoskins was James Hoskins, and his
mother was Miss Alexander prior to her marriage. James was
the son of Thomas Hoskins and his wife, Mary Roberts.

Lieutenant Hoskins was one of a large family of children, but
nearly all of his brothers and sisters died comparatively young,
though several were married.

Charles Hoskins, our present subject, received his early educa-
tion at the Edenton Academy, and one of his schoolmates at that
institution, Colonel Richard Benbury Creecy, still survives, being
considerably upward of ninety years old. While editing the
Economist, a newspaper at Elizabeth City, in 1902, Colonel Creecy
published in his issues of July i8th and August 22d some reminis-
cences of his old schoolmate and his characteristics, saying:
" 'Charlie' was as bright as a new gold dollar, a master of ridicule
and tease, and full of fight and fun. Hoskins' passion for humor
was a trait that ran through his life."

On receiving from the Hon. William Biddle Shepard, member
of Congress from the Edenton district, an appointment as cadet
in the United States Military Academy at West Point, young
Hoskins entered that institution and graduated in the class of
1836. The dates of his several commissions in the army are as
follows: brevet second lieutenant Fourth infantry, July i, 1836;
second lieutenant in same, September 13, 1836; first lieutenant
December 30, 1838; regimental adjutant from September 10,
1845, until his death on September 21, 1846.

During the ten years of his army life. Lieutenant Hoskins saw
much active service even before the war with Mexico. He took
part in operations against Indians, and was quartermaster un-
der Generals Scott and Wool when the Cherokee Nation was
removed to the Indian Territory.

At St. Louis, in March, 1845, while stationed at Jefferson Bar-
racks near that city. Lieutenant Hoskins was united in marriage
with Miss Jennie Deane, daughter of Major John Deane, of New
Rochelle, N. Y., then temporarily residing in St. Louis. This lady


returned to New Rochelle after her husband's death. She sur-
vived him many years, dying on January 6, 1899. The married
life of Lieutenant Hoskins covered a period of less than two years.
He left an only son, John Deane Charles Hoskins, who served
during his early youth in the New York Volunteers during the
was between the states, later being appointed a cadet at West
Point and graduating in the class of 1868. He afterward entered
the regular army and is now a colonel of artillery.

While at Jefferson Barracks, Lieutenant Hoskins formed a
warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, then a young lieutenant.
In his work entitled "From Manassas to Appomatox," General
Longstreet (who was also then at Jefferson Barracks) alludes to
the lady who afterward became Mrs. Grant, saying: "Miss Dent
was a frequent visitor at the garrison balls and hops, where Lieu-
tenant Hoskins, who was something of a tease, would inquire of
her if she could tell where he might find *the small lieutenant with
the large epaulettes.' "

During the war with Mexico, Adjutant Hoskins served in the
Army of Occupation under General Taylor. He fought with dis-
tinguished bravery at Resaca de la Palma, Palo Alto, and else-
where, and was killed (being shot through the heart) at Monterey
on September 21, 1846. A description of the death of Lieutenant
Hoskins is given by General Grant in his "Personal Memoirs,"
where he describes the assault on Monterey, saying :

"I was, I believe, the only person in the Fourth infantry in the
charge who was on horseback. When we got to a place of safety the
regiment halted and drew itself together— what was left of it. The
adjutant of the regiment, Lieutenant Hoskins, who was not in robust
health, found himself very much fatigued from running on foot in the
charge and retreat, and, seeing me on horseback, expressed a wish that
he could be mounted also. I offered him my horse and he accepted
the offer. A few minutes later I saw a soldier, a quartermaster's man,
mounted not far away. I ran to him, took his horse, and was back
with the regiment in a few minutes. In a short time we were off
again; and the next place of safety from the shots of the enemy, that
I recollect of being in, was a field of cane or corn to the northeast of
the lower batteries. The adjutant to whom I had loaned my horse
was killed, and I was designated to act in his place,"


The death of Lieutenant Hoskins caused deep regret, not only
in his native State, but throughout the Nation. The National In-
telligencer, of Washington City, contained a tribute of him which
was republished in the Raleigh Register on November 3, 1846, as
follows :

''Lieutenant Hoskins possessed a quick and sagacious intellect; he
cherished a high and nice sense of honor, and was remarkable for the
generosity and chivalry of his character, and for those winning traits
which ever secured the regard and respect of those with whom he

In the Laws of North Carolina for 1846-47, p. 242, will be
found a series of resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of
the State on January 2, 1847, relative to North Carolinians in
general who fought at Monterey, and it refers in particular to
Lieutenant Hoskins, as follows :

"Resolved further, That this General Assembly have heard with un-
feigned sorrow of the death of Lieutenant Charles Hoskins, a native
of this State, who was killed at the siege of Monterey, in Mexico, while
gallantly fighting the battles of his country; and that this General As-
sembly hereby tenders to the bereaved family of Lieutenant Hoskins
its deepest sympathy and condolence on this afflictive event;

"Resolved further. That a copy of this resolution be transmitted by
His Excellency the Governor to the family of the late Lieutenant Hos-

The death of Lieutenant Hoskins occurred at the early age of
twenty-eight. His remains were carried back to Jefferson Bar-
racks, Missouri, and there interred in the burial ground which has
since been converted into a National Cemetery. A marble slab
has been placed over his resting-place, and this memorial is still

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