Upham, Charles C.
Age: 0, credited to Montpelier, VT
Service: Paymaster, 7/52, USN
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Birth: 04/03/1819, Montpelier, VT
Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 420
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 76520533
Alias?: None noted
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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
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Charles C. Upham
Charles C. Upham was born in Montpelier, April 3, 1819, the son of William and Sarah Keyes Upham. He was appointed Purser on July 30, 1852.
He served at the Washington Navy Yard in 1861 and 1862. He was Fleet Paymaster, North Atlantic Squadron on the flagship Minnesota from 1863 to 1865.
On September 28, 1863, Upham was ordered to temporarily depart Minnesota, to go to Beaufort, N.C., to purchase naval stores. In October, he was U. S. agent, tasked with obtaining supplies of tar and turpentine within enemy lines in North Carolina.
In January 1864, Upham ordered all accounts of men sent to the Hammond hospital be forwarded to the receiving ship at Beaufort. Reporting from the Naval Store House, Bogue Island, on February 4, 1864, Upham reported on the Confederate's sacking of New Berne, N.C., including naval stores destroyed, a length of railroad line and telegraph, and the capture of five gunboats. He mentioned, in his report, the 9th Vermont Infantry, which had been involved in a skirmish at nearby Newport. Two days later, he indicated the loss of naval stores was not as large as he had initially believed, and he would be returning to Minnesota soon. In August, Upham discovered that some of the tar he had shipped from Beaufort, intended for Brooklyn Navy Yard, had been sold, but the funds had been turned over to the Treasury as unclaimed, abandoned property, when it rightfully belonged to the Navy Department.
Upham died in the service on June 10, 1868, and is buried in Green mount Cemetery, Montpelier. His wife Abbie did not long survive him.
Sources: Peck, 695; Callahan; Benedict, 2:797; Hemenway iv:297, 456; Vermont AGO Cemetery records.