16th Vermont Infantry

Charles H. Kingston

Fitchburg Sentinel

Thursday - 8 Oct 1925

C.H. KINGSTON, NEARLY 90, DEAD - Was One of Three Brothers who Captured Colors of Confederate Regiment at Gettysburg

Charles H. Kingston, a Civil war veteran and one of the oldest residents of Fitchburg, died suddenly early this morning at his home, 156 Milk Street, after a brief illness. He was in his 90th year.

Mr. Kingston was born Nov. 30, 1835, at Cavendish, Vt., which is now known as Proctorville, and was the son of Charles H. and Elizabeth (McDonald) Kingston. At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Kingston enlisted as a private in Co. C, 16th Vermont regiment under Asa Foster. He had the distinction of being one of three brothers who captured the colors from the 17th Alabama regiment in the Battle of Gettysburg.

At the close of the battle of Gettysburg the 16th Vermont regiment was mustered out and patrolled the city of New York during the riot, after which they returned to Vermont. Mr. Kingston was formerly a member of Post 19, G.A.R. of this city.

Mr. Kingston returned to Vermont at the close of the war, remaining there until he removed to Fitchburg about 42 years ago. When he came to this city he entered the employ of the McTaggart mill as a boss carder and later went to the Star Worsted mills. At the opening of the Johnsonia he was employed as a janitor, remaining there over 13 years. He will be remembered by many of the older residents of this city for his genial, kind ways.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. E.K. Russell of Milwaukee, Wis., and six grandchildren. Mr. Kingston's wife, Mrs. Rozanna W. Kingston, died last April.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Sawyer home with burial in Forest Hill cemetery.

Courtesy of Erik Hinckley.

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