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Newton, Charles Marshall

Age: 17, credited to Newfane, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/6/1863, m/i 7/11/63, PVT, Co. L, 11th VT INF, pr CPL 6/3/65, tr to Co. C, 6/24/65, pr SGT 8/1/65, m/o 8/25/65

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Birth: 10/31/1846, Newfane, VT
Death: 02/11/1911

Burial: Orlando Cemetery, Orlando, FL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)

Cenotaph: Village Cemetery, Newfane, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: James Bianco
Findagrave Memorial #: 147999158
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/28/1880; widow Mary C., 2/16/1911, FL
Portrait?: Findagrave
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Orlando Cemetery, Orlando, FL
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Cenotaph in Village Cemetery, Newfane, VT

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Newton, Charles Marshall, of Middletown, Conn., son of Marshall and Nancy (Tufts) Newton, was born Oct. 31, 1846, at Newfane.

Mr. Newton's father, grandfather, and his uncle, Rev. E. H. Newton, DD, are prominently mentioned in the history of Newfane. The Rev. James Tufts, his grandfather, for forty years the pastor of the Congregational church at Wardsboro, was "a strong man of wise influence" says the History of Wardsboro. The patriotism of the family is shown by the service of Marshall Newton, Sr., his great-grandfather, an officer in the French and Indian war; the seven years service of his grandfather, Marshall Newton, Jr., in the war of the Revolution; the service of his brothers, John - four years in the 18th U. S. Inft., and James Holland - two enlistments, at eighteen and twenty, in the 9th and 17th Vt. Vols., who was killed while leading his company in the last grand charge at Spotsylvania, May 12, 1864.

The subject of this sketch attended the district and select schools until the age of sixteen, when (July 1, 1863) he enlisted in Co. L, 1st Vt. Heavy Artillery. Mr. Newton's company was ordered to Rutland to enforce the draft, thence to Ft. Slocum, Md., and in the spring of 1864 his regiment was assigned to the 1st Vt. Brigade, Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, in whose battles and hardships he participated to the close of the war. He was mustered out as sergeant August 23, 1865.

June 23, 1864, while before Petersburg, Sergeant Newton, though disabled and on hospital roll, insisted on going into action with his company. During the action Major Fleming, noticing his condition, ordered him to the rear with his horse, to which circumstance he owes his escape from capture and imprisonment in Andersonville, being the only man of his company who went into the action who was not taken prisoner. In August following, being disabled, he narrowly escaped capture by Mosby's men in the Shenandoah Valley. He was picked up by an ambulance and conveyed to Harewood Hospital, Washington, and on the 1st of January following, with his would unhealed, he voluntarily joined his company before Petersburg, to share its hardships and participate in the closing scenes and final victory at Appomattox. These incidents are referred to and highly commended by his commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel D. J. Safford, in his endorsement of Mr. Newton's army record, filed at Washington, but now in Mr. Newton's possession. A pension, to date from his discharge, was issued to Mr. Newton April 24, 1885.

Since 1872 Mr. Newton has conducted a clothing business in Middletown, Conn., and enjoys the confidence of his townsmen as shown by his service for several terms in the court of common council. In 1890 he received a strong endorsement for postmaster, but accepted the appointment of United States postal card agent, which office he held from Feb. 10, 1890, to June 15, 1893.

In 1870 and 1871 he was appointed assistant inspector GAR, Department of Massachusetts. He was a charter member of Dexter Post, No. 38, Brookfield, Mass., and is now a charter member of Mansfield Post, No. 53, Middletown, Conn. He is also a member of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, the Army and Navy Club of Connecticut, Vermont Officers' Society, and First Vermont Heavy Artillery. Mr. Newton is a prominent member of the Republican Club and is also a member of McDonough Lodge Knights of Honor.

He was married, March 26, 1874, to Mary C., daughter of Timothy and Julia (Stratton) Boardman, and has one son, James Holland Newton.

Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 112.




FEB. 20, 1911--Charles Marshall Newton 64, who died at his home on Orlando, Fla. Feb. 10, after a painful illness of two weeks, th culmination of occasional serious attacks of illness through several years. , was the third son of Marshall and Nancy (Tufts) Newton, and was born at the present family homestead Oct. 31, 1846.

When he was 16 years old the blood of patriotic ancestors on both sides, in the French and Indian War and Revolutionary wars, stirred in his veins, and no restraint could keep him from enlisting in Company I, 11th Vermont Regiment, 15 months before the required age of 18. He was transferred to Company C, and the regiment became known as 1 st Vermont Heavy Artillery. He was made Corporal in June, and 4th Sergeant in July, '1865, while his Co. was retained in the service after the close of the war, and was mustered out August 25, 1865.

He was an ardent member of the G. A. R, the Army and Navy Club, and Potomac War Club. Any form of organized perpetuity for army experience and future growth of patriotism appealed to his interests and affections.

For 26 years Mr. Miller conducted a clothing business in Middletown, Conn. , where he married Mary C. Boardman, who survives him. Their son, James Holland Newton is manager of a clothing store in Winsted, Conn. There are two grandsons of Charles, sons of James, James Holland Newton jr. and Marshall Newton, who is the 5th of that name in direct descent from Lieut. Marshall Newton, gunsmith in the Colonial Wars. . There are two sisters, the Misss Fanny, and Mary Newton in Newfane, and a brother William H. Newton, cashier of the First national Bank in Wallingford, Conn. The oldest brother, John, enlisted from Lancaster, Ohio, in the United States Infantry, and died in Washington September, 1909. Another brother, James Holland Newton, a member of Company F, 17th Regiment, and previously of Company K. 9th Vermont Regiment was killed in the Battle of the Wilderness.

In Harrison's administration, Mr. Newton entered into a spirited contest for the postmaster of Middletown, but was defeated, but soon was given by the government the position of superintendent of the postal card agency, with headquarters in Birmingham, Conn. , and held the office until the Cleveland administration came into control.

On account of chronic ill health, Mr. Newton located in Orlando Fla. , where he engaged with zeal and enjoyment in the culture of pineapples, oranges, and grapefruit. He was not able to continue his larger plan, but kept up a gradually increasing business for New York and Conn. , having made a study of methods until he was credited with developing some of the best flavored fruits on the market. . He felt that Florida was the promised land for fruit raisers, especially the more or less enfeebled veterans who needed the life-giving elixir of outdoor employment all the year, and he was able to endure summers there some 12 years, with a few exceptions, on his place in central Florida, cooled by breezes from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and lakes in Orlando, in all the number of 14.

The funeral was held at the Episcopal Church in Orlando, in which city he was buried. Mr. Newton was a member of the North Congregational Church in Middletown for 25 years.
Brattleboro Reformer Feb. 24, 1911

Courtesy of Deanna French