Charles Edwin “Charlie” King

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Charles Edwin “Charlie” King

West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Sep 1862 (aged 13)
Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Cenotaph West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 7553200 View Source
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Civil War Folk Figure. At age 13, he served as a drummer boy in Company F of the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was part of the Union Army of the Potomac's VI Corps. During the September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam, Maryland, the 49th Pennsylvania was stationed in the East Woods near the Miller Cornfield. During an artillery salvo of Confederate cannons, a shell exploded nearby, wounding several soldiers including Charlie King. Several of his company members carried him to a field hospital where three days later he died. He is known to be the youngest soldier of both Union and Confederate Armies to be killed in action in the Civil War. King's burial location is unknown to historians; he may have been laid to rest in a mass grave at Antietam. His parents are buried at Green Mount Cemetery, and a monument for King was later erected there as an Eagle Scout Project.

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  • Originally Created by: Maverick1862
  • Added: 8 Jun 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7553200
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Edwin “Charlie” King (Apr 1849–20 Sep 1862), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7553200, citing Green Mount Cemetery, West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .