Dr Charles Fenton Beavers

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Dr Charles Fenton Beavers

  • Birth 1840
  • Death 1864
  • Burial Fairfax, Fairfax City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 7868677

Confederate Veterans Buried in Cemetery

City of Fairfax Confederate Cemetery

Ballenger,James: Sgt., Co. G, 8th Va. Inf.; C.M.
Barnes, John Horace: Cpl., Co. A, 43rd Btln. Va. Cav.; Sect. I, Lot 135.
Barnes, Samuel L.: Pvt., Co. D, 17th Va. Inf.; C.M.
BattallIe (Battle), Meade F.: Pvt., Co. B, 13th Va. Inf.; Sect. I, Lot 16.

Beavers, Charles Fenton: Pvt., Co. A, 43rd Btln. Va. Cav.; C.M.
Note., Confederate Soldier with a C.M. designation indicates they are listed on the monument to tbe Confederate Dead.


From the Washington Star, Aug. 27.

CHARLES FENTON BEAVERS, of London County, Va., late a private in MOSBY'S guerrilla band, was executed in the yard of the Old Capitol Prison a few minutes of 12 o'clock to-day, by hanging, in pursuance of a sentence of a court-martial. BEAVERS, about the 22d of February last, came into our lines at Vienna and gave himself up as a deserter from MOSBY'S force. He took the oath of allegiance, and lurked within our lines for some time, and in March was sent to this city and committed to the Old Capitol Prison, w[???] he was released shortly afterward, upon again [???]ng the oath. After he was released he applied [???] Mr. W.P. WOOD, in charge of the prison, to [???] him a pass to cross the river. Mr. WOOD advised him not to cross the Potomac, telling him he would go right to his old friends and companions again, and that he would be certainly caught again, and if caught would no doubt be hanged. BEAVERS insisted that he only wished to go home, and he declared his determination to keep the oath of allegiance inviolate. BEAVERS left, and in June was recommitted to the Old Capitol, having been captured with arms in his hands and with MOSBY's guerrillas. On July 20, by special orders, No. 177, a court-martial, of which Col. G.W. CARTRIGHT was president, was convened for the trial of this and similar cases. The charges against BEAVERS were lurking about our camp at Vienna as a spy, and violating the oath of allegiance by taking up arms in aid of the rebellion, after having voluntarily taken the oath. The court acquitted him of the charge of being a spy, but convicted him of the violation of the oath, and sentenced him to be hanged on Friday, Aug. 26, between the hours of 10 and 12 o'clock. The sentence was approved, and Col. INGRAHAM, Provost-Marshal, D.C., was charged with the execution of the sentence.

BEAVERS was notified of his fate yesterday afternoon, and during the night the scaffold was erected in the southwest corner of the yard of the Old Capitol Prison. The scaffold has already been used several times -- having served for the execution of no less than five noted criminals.

As soon as BEAVERS was aware of his fate, he asked for a spiritual adviser, and Rev. O.P. PITCHER, missionary of the Young Men's Christian Association, was called, and remained with the condemned man until 2 o'clock this morning, and engaged in prayer with him. Mr. PITCHER again visited him at 8 o'clock this morning, and remained with him until he was ushered into eternity.

About 11 o'clock Col. INGRAHAM arrived at the prison, and a few moments afterward the prisoner was called across the yard and taken to a room up stairs to be prepared for execution. He walked with a firm tread. He was clad in the butternut pants of the Confederacy and a pair of dilapidated boots.

At 11 1/2 o'clock BEAVERS was brought down stairs leaning upon the shoulder of a friend, also a prisoner. BEAVERS was by this time clothed in the black shroud, and he was evidently nervous as he approached the scaffold. Just before mounting the scaffold he took off his boots and pants, having donned a clean pair of socks, drawers and shirt. As he mounted the scaffold he looked toward the windows where a number rebel prisoners were eagerly gazing upon the scene before them, and said in a loud voice. "Oh, men, let this be a warning to you." The rope was then adjusted around his prisoner's neck and his arms and legs were tied, after which Col. INGRAHAM in a clear voice read the proceedings of the court-martial that had tried BEAVERS, and also the order for the execution. Col. I. then remarked to the prisoner that it was his painful duty to see the order executed.

Mr. PITHCER then read the 90th psalm, and afterward made a fervent prayer. BEAVERS did not appear to pay much attention to the devotional exercises, and he moved his head in different directions, and looked out upon the trees and other objects, and was evidently desirous of seeing [???] [???]ch as he could of the world he was so soon to leave. Indeed he two or three times, as the arrangements of tying him, &c., progressed, asked to be permitted to take "just one more look."

BEAVERS step-father and step-brother (named HATTON) are also confined in the prison, and they were permitted to be in the yard and hid him good-by upon the scaffold. BEAVERS asked to see Mr. WOOD, and upon the appearance of that gentleman he asked him to have his body and his old clothes sent to his mother, who lives seven miles west of Drainsville. He also remarked to Mr. WOOD that he wished to God that he had taken his advice at the time of his release. He then bid Mr. WOOD good-by, and shook hands with Col. INGRAHAM, Mr. PITCHER, and the executioners, and as the cap was being drawn over his face he called out to his relatives and others: "Good-by, father; good-by, boys." This latter remark was addressed to the prisoners, large numbers of whom witnessed the execution from the windows looking out upon the yard.

At 11:45 o'clock the cap had been adjusted; the bolts were drawn; a slight click, followed by a dull sound, was heard, and the body of the prisoner was seen dangling in the air. For nearly five minutes after the fall, there was a contraction of the muscles of the lower limbs, painful to witness, and at times, the legs would be perceptibly drawn up. The body was allowed to hang fifteen minutes, when it was lowered a little, and Dr. C.M. FORD, surgeon in charge at the prison, made an examination, and said he noticed a slight and very feeble throb of the heart. The body was allowed to hang three or four minutes longer, and then Dr. FORD pronounced him dead. The body was cut down and carried to the hospital of the prison, where a further examination revealed the fact that the neck had been dislocated by the fall.

BEAVERS was a young man not more than 21 years of age. He was nearly six feet tall, and of a heavy, massive frame, indicating great power of endurance. He was rather good-looking, of a light complexion, and light hair, inclined to curl.

Mr. WOOD will endeavor to have the remains of the deceased sent to his mother [???] Virginia, in accordance with his request.
So his father was present - mother not
Charles appears on 1850 census Loudon Co in home of Wm & Susan Beavers.(both born about 1795-7) They may have been his grandparents? It appears per 1860 census his father is Barnard and mother Mary Beavers.

1850 United States Federal Census
about Fenton Beavers

Fenton Beavers


Birth Year:
abt 1842


Home in 1850:
Loudoun, Virginia
Family Number:
Household Members:

Wm Beavers 65
Susan Beavers 65
Bernard Beavers 34
Ruth Beavers 33
Mary Beavers 27
Fenton Beavers 8





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