Watson, Charles A.
Age: 18, credited to Dorset, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. C, 13th VT INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 7/21/63; enl 3/15/64, m/i 4/12/64, 5SGT, Co. E, 17th VT INF, pr 1SGT 5/13/64, wdd, 6/24/64, pow, Poplar Spring Church, 9/30/64, prld 2/24/65, comn 2LT 7/10/65 (7/20/65), m/o 7/24/65 as 1SGT
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Birth: 10/03/1844, Worcester, VT
Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 887
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: USAHEC off-site
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: 1928 letter describing the battle at Gettysburg, from Auburn University
3rd Great Grandfather of Julia Watson, Montpelier, VT
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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
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Charles A. Watson
Source: Rutland Daily Herald, Aug. 11, 1920:
CIVIL WAR VETERAN ON FAMILIAR GROUNDS
Montpelier Couple Visit Battle Field of War Between the States
Montpelier, Aug. 10 - Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Watson have returned from a 750 mile motor trip to Virginia accompanied by their son and daughter, Mr. And Mrs. Charles B. Scott of Hanover, and their grandson, and the chauffeur. Lieut. Watson, who was in Co. E., 17th Vermont, saw for the first time after 58 years the battle grounds where he fought in the trying days of the Civil war, and as he treaded familiar paths those days came back vividly to him. He saw there many familiar landmarks, although there were some things that were new to him. The hill at Gettysburg appeared smaller to him and the stone wall behind which his company lay before the charge which was then a foot above the ground was today almost flush with the ground. He saw still standing the old barn where he met Gen. Pickett after the latter was wounded and captured. The party visited Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Gettysburg and the "Bloody Angle". It was all a great experience to Mr. Watson and he pointed out to the other members what transpired in those days. The party went by way of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, where they remained six days and climbed the Washington monument and visited Alexandria and then went through the old battle fields, coming back through Pennsylvania and to Saratoga Springs.
Contributed by Jennifer Snoots.
The Vermont Journal, March 27, 1931
News was received in Windsor Tuesday evening of the death of Charles A. Watson at his home in Montpelier on that day.
Mr. Watson had been a frequent visitor in Windsor as the guest of Dr. F. M. Nichols and while here had addressed several gatherings on the subject of his experiences in the Civil war. He had reached the age of eighty-seven years.
He was a native of the town of Worcester, Vt., and at the age of eighteen he enlisted in one of the regiments which was afterward included in the Vermont brigade.
Mr. Watson was in the host of Union soldiers who made their historic march from Bristow station, Virginia, to Gettysburg battlefield. These men arrived at Gettysburg on the evening of the first day's battle.
His story of the famous charge of General George Edward Pickett, Confederate corps commander, on the third day at Gettysburg, was one which his many friends here liked to hear him tell about.
Mr. Watson felt the sting of rebel bullets on three occasions. He was an inmate of rebel prisons for several months but managed to survive all these terrible and grim experiences to return to Vermont and live far into the twilight of life. In a few more years all these men who made history in the long ago days will be gone.
"Under the roses the blue.
Under the lilies the gray."
Courtesy of Cathy Hoyt.
13th Vermont Regimental History