Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He enlisted in Company C 26th N.Y. Volunteers in 1861. It was for his bravery on the bloody field of Antietam that he was awarded a medal by congress. The color bearer of the regiment was shot down and the flag dropped from his lifeless hands. Charles F. Cleveland sprang to the front, seized the fallen colors and bore them aloft amid the ringing cheers of his comrades. He was honorably discharged in 1863. Charles F, Cleveland was Chief of Police in Utica, New York from June of 1898 until the time of his death. He served the city of Utica for 34 years, working his way up the ranks in the police department.