Charles Augustus Jennings

Charles Augustus Jennings

Birth
Wilton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 15 Jan 1933 (aged 90)
Redding, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 68917217 · View Source
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Charles A. Jennings enlisted with the 17th Connecticut Volunteers, Co. G on August 13, 1862. A resident of Ridgefield, possibly in the Branchville section of town. He was "mustered in" as a Corporal on August 28, 1862, in Bridgeport, CT., and promoted to Sergeant, on the same day.

During the war:

The 17th Connecticut was assigned to the1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Corps, under the command of General Charles Devens during the Battle of Chancellorsville, VA., May 2 – 6, 1863. The 17th had encamped at the farm of James and Lucy Talley, referred to as the "Hatch House" by the 17th, two miles west of Chancellorsville, which General Deven's had made his headquarters.

At 3:00 PM, May 2nd, Companies G and I were sent out on "picket duty" , in the thick dense woods, south of Talley farm. Two or three hours later, Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson would begin his flank attack upon the 11th Corps. As the bullets flew, small coffee cups, set around a fire, were mostly knocked over according to Private James McGuire of company I.

With thousands of bullets swarming the air, one wounded Jennings in the left breast. He was retreating from the picket line, clearing the tree line, while ascending the unobstructed hillside, behind Talley House near Dieckman's Battery, intending to rejoin the 17th . "After receiving the wound and the Confederate Army had passed by, I was assisted to the Hatch House and in the evening about 8 P.M., my wound was dressed by one of our surgeons"

Talley farm was converted into a Confederate hospital where the wounded lay around the farm. The following morning, May 3rd, "I saw Lieut. (Colonel, Charles) Walter's remains lying on the ground in the garden where he was killed; he had been divested of his uniform and equipment. He was buried on the following day west of the garden near an apple tree" Jennings would remain "at that place" a POW until paroled on May 15th.

It appears he returned home to recuperate from his wounds and never returned to active duty with the 17th Connecticut being transferred to the 22nd Volunteer Reserve Corp., Co. E, on November 18, 1863. He "mustered out" from Columbus, Ohio, July 1, 1865 and applied for his pension November 20, 1866. At some point before 1870, he did return to work becoming employed in a wire mill. In all likelihood, the Gilbert & Bennet, Co., Georgetown, CT. Where he become a foreman finally retiring in January 1912.

After the Civil War, the 17th Connecticut, created an association for ongoing business and reunions which Charles Jennings served as President of Co. G over a number of years. At the reunion of 1888 which took place in Norwalk. A committee was formed to go to Chancellorsville and Gettysburg to find the bodies of Lt. Colonels Water and Fowler. Those men were Colonel William Noble, Henry Huss - Musician Co. D, and Capt. William L. Hubbell Co. D. After so many years, Charles' eyewitness account of Lt. Col. Walter's burial yielded no results for the committee.

Charles married Laura Adele Olmstead, January 5, 1871 in Wilton by the Rev. Edward L. Bray. They had two children, Floyd Clinton born January 8, 1872 in Wilton, CT. and Florence May born February 18, 1875.

He was a son of Charles J. Jennings born Ridgefield, CT., and Maria Stratton.

Conflict: His death record is located Redding, CT. Town Clerk's office, Vol. 13 pg. 149. Connecticut State Death Index has place of death being Wilton, CT.

Quotes: Source – Warren Collection, Bridgeport Library: History Center – Vol. 2 pgs. 418-419 Dated: August 30,1886, Georgetown, CT. Signed: I remain, Yours truly, Chas. A. Jennings Sergt. Co. G, 17th Regt. C.V.
Contributor: Charlene Henderson (48714414) •


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 68917217
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Augustus Jennings (28 Feb 1842–15 Jan 1933), Find a Grave Memorial no. 68917217, citing Branchville Cemetery, Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Bob R (contributor 47479948) .