Dion, Charles R.
Age: 21, credited to Brandon, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 7/21/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. C, 10th VT INF, pr CPL 1/22/63, red 2/17/65, pr CPL 4/1/65, wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/1/64, wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, wdd, Petersburg, 4/2/65, m/o 6/12/65
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Birth: abt 1841, Jericho, VT
Burial: Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, VA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/18/1866; widow Eliza E., 12/2/1880, mot approved (Dyan)
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: 10th Vt. History off-site
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Charles R. Dion
Charles R. Dion, Co C. 10th VT Infantry, enlisted from Brandon VT on July 21, 1862,age 21 and was discharged on 12 June 1865. His pension records state that he was injured while on Picket Duty at Whites Ford in Maryland, while carrying a pontoon boat down to the Potomac River,when he slipped and was crushed and had retained the injury for the rest of his life.
He was also injured again on 2 June 1864, outside of Richmond, at Cold Harbor, by being shot on the side of his face. Some records report that he was also wounded at Cedar Creek (his pension records do not mention that incident). He must have managed to recover from everything except, the injury from Whites Ford. This appears to be the injury he acquired his pension from and it appears to be the injury he had the most trouble with for the rest of his life and which may have contributed to his death.
Charles was born in Vermont in 1840 (no actual birth record is found). He made Battle Creek, MI his home where all his children were born and then he returned to Vermont, sometime during the late 1870's and prior to his death in 1880. Charles was a stonemason and had lived in Sutherland Falls VT and worked at Proctor VT, during the course of his life.Charles died on 10 July 1880 at Fort Edward NY from an accidental overdose of Laudanum. Laudanum was a pain medication from which he may have been prescribed for the pain he was living with due to possibly one of his Civil War mishaps. Charles R. Dion, died at age 39, leaving a wife, Eliza (Baker) Dion and 3 children, George Charles Dion, age 14, Ida E. Dion, age 11 and Frank Ellsworth Dion, age 6. His death coming just 4 weeks after being listed in the 1880 Rutland, Vermont census. There is no actual death record of Charles. The only record we have of his death, is a deposition that his wife Eliza, gave in order to keep receiving his pension. A man also came forward to vouch for her, "that he had dressed the body at death". There is a possibility that Charles is buried in Poplar Grove National Cemetery, in Petersburg VA. There are more contradictions than proof on this. We may never know where he is buried.
Contributed by Gail A. Bergeron.