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Hunsdon, Charles
MILITARY SERVICE
Age: 32, credited to Shoreham, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: comn CPT, Co. B, 11th VT INF, 8/13/62 (9/3/62), pr MAJ, 11/2/63 (11/20/63), pr LTC, 9/2/64 (10/3/64), pr COL, 5/23/65 (6/2/65), m/o 6/24/65 [College: NU 51]

See Legend for expansion of abbreviations

VITALS
Birth: 03/22/1830, Shoreham, VT
Death: 09/20/1899

Burial: Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, OH
Marker/Plot: Section M Lot 4
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 9401345
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Italo Collection, Guber Collection off-site, VHS off-site
College?: NU 51
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(State digraphs will show that this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldier's home)

Remarks: CMSR/Pension

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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BURIAL:
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Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, OH
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(Gibson Collection)

Biography

COL. CHARLES HUNSDON.

Charles Hunsdon, son of John and Susannah (Turner) Hunsdon, and cousin of Lieut. R. E. Hitchcock, '59, was born in Shoreham, Vt., in May, 1830, and died in Nyack, N. Y., in 1900. He attended the schools of his town and was a cadet at the Pennsylvania Military Institute (q. v.) Harrisburg, Pa., 1846-47; Norwich, Vt., 1847-50.

He engaged in mercantile business in Shoreham, Vt., until 1862; served as post master of Shoreham, July 12, 1859-September, 1861; represented Shoreham in the House of Representatives, 1861-62, and 1865. He was commissioned captain Co. B, 11th Vermont Volunteers (1st Regiment Heavy Artillery), August 13, 1862; major, November 2, 1863; lieutenant-colonel, September 2, 1864; colonel, May 23, 1865; was mustered out of service with his regiment, August 25, 1865. His regiment served in the northern Defences of Washington, D. C., until May, 1864, being employed in constructing and garrisoning Forts Slocum, Stevens and Totten. Four other forts were also occupied making a line of seven miles, facing north from East CreekJto^Rock Creek. The regiment numbered 2,320 officers and men, and was noted for its proficiency for drill and thorough discipline. The works mounted 200 heavy guns and mortars.

Soon after the Battle of the Wilderness, the regiment was ordered to the 6th Army Corps, and formed a part of the "Old Vermont Brigade." Colonel Hundson took part in the following battles in 1864: Spottsylvania, Va., May 15-18; Cold Harbor, June 1-12; Petersburg, Va., June 18; Weldon Railroad, June 23; Fort Stevens, Md., July 11; Charleston, W. Va., August 21. He commanded the regiment in the following battles: Gilbert's Ford, Va., September 13, 1864; Opequan, Va., September 19, 1864; Fisher's Hill, Va., September 21-22, 1864; Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864; Petersburg, Va., March 25-27 and April 2,1865. He commanded the regiment in the Grand Review in Washingt on at the close of the war.

He removed to Albany, N. Y., in 1866, and engaged in the insurance business for some years, meeting with success. About 1880, he was ordained a Methodist clergyman and preached in various parts of the country. He was a member of Simond's Lodge F. and A. M., of Shoreham, Vt.

He was married in Albany, N. Y., in 1875 to Imogene Pollok.

William Arba Ellis, Norwith University, 1819-1911; her history, her graduates, her roll of honor, pp. 498-499

Contributed by Tom Ledoux.