Ballou, Charles Otis
Age: 28, credited to Hartland, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/08/1833, Hartland, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Killed at Fredericksburg, VA
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Lt. Charles Otis Ballou, Co. G, 5th New Hampshire Infantry, b. Hartland, Vt.; age 28; res. Claremont; enl. Sept . 8, '61, as Priv.; app. 2 Lt. Oct. 12, '61; must. in Oct. 12, '61, as 2 Lt.; app.1 Lt. Co. K, Feb. 18, '62; killed Dec. 13, '62, Fredericksburg, Va.Source: An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballou's in America; by Ballou, Adin, 1803-1890 Published 1888, Publisher Providence, R. I., Press of E. L. Freeman & son
Enlisted as a private under Captain Long, in August, 1861. Before the company left Claremont for the rendezvous at Concord of the Fifth Regiment, the men chose their own officers, and Mr. Ballou was elected Second Lieutenant, and received his commission from the Governor on the muster of the company, which was lettered G, on the 12th of October. Promoted to First Lieutenant Feb. 18, 1862, and assigned to Co. K. Killed at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862. He was constantly with his regiment until he was killed. While at Camp California, in the winter of 1861-62, the Fifth Regiment was attached to Gen. O. O. Howard's Brigade. In this brigade a school for officers was established, and each one was required to devote certain time to the study of military tactics and recite to their superiors at stated times. Lieut. Ballou passed the best examination, before a board of officers appointed by Gen. Howard, of any officer of his rank in the brigade.
He performed every duty in camp with fidelity, and was brave and cool in battle. Capt. R. E. Cross, of his company, wrote, under date of Dec. 17, 1862: "Lieut. Ballou fell far in advance of his command, and very near the enemy's works. He was shot by one of the sharp-shooters of the enemy who occupied the rifle pits, the ball entering his neck and severing the jugular vein; he died almost instantly. He died like a soldier, loved and respected by all who knew him; and as long as the banner of the glorious Fifth continues to wave, so long shall the memory of our gallant comrade and brother officer be remembered. "His body fell into the hands of the enemy and was never recovered.
Lieut. Ballou was born at Hartland, Vt., April 8, 1833, soon after which his family removed to Walpole, N. H. In the spring of 1850, his brother, John Q. A. Ballou, being home from California on a visit, Charles returned with him, and remained in California, engaged with his brother in mining operations, the culture of fruits and vegetables, and as book-keeper in a clothing store, for several years. Before going to California his education was such as he could obtain at public schools, an academy, and reading and study during all his leisure moments.
While in California he became master of the Spanish language and acted as interpreter on board vessels arriving at San Francisco. His habit of study continued to the end of his life. He returned from California on account of impaired health, and made his home much of the time in Claremont with his sister, Mrs. Lewis Perry, until the breaking out of the war. He had but few confidants or intimate friends. Those who knew him best loved and respected him most.
Contributed by Dave Morin