Wentworth, Charles B.
Age: 45, credited to Woodstock, VT
Unit(s): 54th MA INF
Service: enl 12/19/63, Woodstock, VT, m/i 1/22/64, PVT, Co. K, 54th MA INF, dis/dsb 7/13/65 (5' 6.5" Black eyes, Black hair, Black complexion; barber)
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Birth: 1814, Hanover, NH
Burial: River Street Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Peter Flood
Findagrave Memorial #: 10498868
Alias?: None noted
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)
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River Street Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
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Charles B. Wentworth, Woodstock
Regiment: 54th Massachusetts Regiment (Colored) Infantry
Date of Enlistment: 12/19/1863
Date of Discharge: 07/13/1865
Born in New Hampshire, Charles Wentworth was married to Mary J. Wentworth and together they had two sons and two daughters. An established barber in Woodstock since the 1850s, Wentworth was one of three black Woodstock civilian residents who accompanied the 1st Vermont Brigade into service as an officer's waiter. Known as "Old Duke," he joined the all-white regiment during its 90 day service at the beginning of the war. When the opportunity arose in 1863 to become a full soldier in the army, he enlisted for three years service. He was 45 years old and considered remarkably old for a recruit. He served until July of 1865 when he was discharged at Beaufort, South Carolina, due to disability. He returned to Woodstock and continued his trade as barber until his death on May 8, 1893. He was 79 years old. Charles Wentworth is buried at the River Street Cemetery in Woodstock.
Contributed by Jim Fuller.