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 Charles Perry Matson

Charles Perry Matson

Birth
Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio, USA
Death 30 Oct 1940 (aged 93)
Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa, USA
Burial Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa, USA
Plot In mausoleum
Memorial ID 86219804 · View Source
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LAST SURVIVOR OF CIVIL WAR IN BUENA VISTA COUNTY - Guns in pictures are his fathers' gun and his civil war gun located at the Museum in Storm Lake, Ia.

Comrade Charles P. Matson, only surviving Civil War veteran in Buena Vista County, passed away Wednesday morning about 9:30 at his home on Lake Avenue. He had been in failing health for some time and during the past week he had gradually declined. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Fiscus Funeral Home. Dr. Edward L. Gibson, pastor of Lakeside Presbyterian church will officiate. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will attend in a body. The I.O.O.F. Lodge will be in charge of the services. Salute at the cemetery will be given by a firing squad composed of service men. The body will be placed in the mausoleum.

Comrade Matson ran away from home to enlist with the Union troops when he was 17. He was with the 5th Wisconsin Infantry. Later, he transferred to the 44th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B, in the Army of the Cumberland under General George H. Thomas. He served 11 months between 1864 and 1865 in the Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville. His company was stationed at various points in southern Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. He was in Paducah, Kentucky when the war ended.

Comrade Matson served as member of the Board of Supervisors of Buena Vista County. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and was active in the E.D. Baker Post No. 80, G.A.R. as quartermaster, and held the distinction of always having been its youngest member. He is a descendant of early colonist of Connecticut who came over on the Mayflower. His great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War, was an uncle of Stephan Hopkins, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Matson's last public appearance was in the Memorial Day parade in 1939. Tribute was paid to Mr. Matson on Memorial Day this year when members of various patriotic organizations, with the high school band, gathered outside his home and the band played a special selection. He was too weak to ride in the Memorial Day parade as he had anticipated.


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  • Created by: DSpooner
  • Added: 4 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86219804
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Perry Matson (27 Feb 1847–30 Oct 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86219804, citing Storm Lake Cemetery, Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by DSpooner (contributor 47739104) .