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Tobias, Charles


Age: 19, credited to Grand Isle, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/13/62, m/i 9/1/62, CPL, Co. K, 11th VT INF, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, prld 11/26/64, m/o 6/21/65

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Birth: 01/07/1845, Grand Isle, VT
Death: 04/09/1915

Burial: Grand Isle Cemetery, Grand Isle, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 15993460


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/14/1883, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
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: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Grand Isle Cemetery, Grand Isle, VT

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Charles E. Tobias, an enterprising citizen of Grand Isle, Vermont, who served with gallantry and suffered great hardships as a soldier during the Civil war, was born January 7, 1843, in the village where he now resides. His parents were James and Julia (Montpelier) Tobias. The father was born March 10, 1810, in Dutchess county, New York, where he was reared and educated in the common schools. His parents removed to Vermont, where he built vessels which he sailed on Lake Champlain. He afterwards cultivated a farm. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and master of his lodge. He died at the age of seventy years, long surviving his wife, who was born in the state of New York, and who bore him two children, Charles E. and Julia. James Tobias was a son of James and Mary (Bloodgood) Tobias. The father was born in Dutchess county, New York, in December, 1775. He spent his early years in his native village, and came as a pioneer to Grand Isle, Vermont, where he opened up a farm upon which he built a log cabin, which was replaced before long by a comfortable dwelling, where he died at the age of fifty-four years.

Charles E. Tobias, son of James and Julia (Montpelier) Tobias, received his education in the public schools in his native village. He was but nineteen years old when the Civil war was fairly in progress, and he had not yet found a permanent occupation. His patriotic spirit impelled him, however, to join the hosts of young men who were forming regiments of volunteers for the defence of the Union. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, Eleventh Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, from which he was subsequently transferred to the heavy artillery of the Sixth Corps. The first heavy engagement in which he participated was that at Spotsylvania Court House. He also bore a part in the bloody battle at Cold Harbor where his company and regiment lost twenty-five men and four hundred men, respectively, in about twenty minutes. He was also engaged in the desperately fought battles about Petersburg, Virginia, where (on June 23, 1864) he was taken prisoner. He was first taken to Richmond, where he was incarcerated in the Pemberton building; then to the horrible prison pen on Belle Island, in the James river; thence, in turn, to Danville and Macon. He was then sent to endure the fearful suffering at Andersonville, whence he was removed to Millen and then to Savannah, Georgia, where he was finally exchanged, June 23, 1865, his rank then being that of corporal. During this awful period of five months, he suffered from want of food and clothing and from exposure in the filthy and tentless prison camps to such a degree that his indomitable pluck alone preserved his life, while his health was permanently impaired. It was his sad fortune while a prisoner to witness the death of a brother, who was fellow prisoner with him, and who wasted away with starvation. Tobias' service is officially exhibited in a testimonial from the adjutant general of the state of Vermont, in which are recited the facts in his military career, with commendation of his courage upon the field of battle and his fortitude in enduring the hardships of prison.

Returning to Grand Isle, Mr. Tobias took up the trade of carpenter, which he has since followed with much success. His high standing in the community is attested by the numerous local offices to which he has been elected from time to time, the principal being that of selectman, which he occupied for nine years, in seven of which he was first selectman. He was also notarv public for four years, and he has held numerous other positions. He is independent in politics and liberal in his religious views.

Mv. Tobias was married in 1875 Miss Anna Griswold, who died April 7, 1900, leaving a daughter, Daisy B. Tobias. Mrs. Tobias was born in Canada, a (daughter of Carpenter and Aurelia (Loveland) Griswold, who were the parents of four children, all residing in Grand Isle: Mrs. Aurelia Wilcox; Mrs. Levi Hoag; Helen, who is the widow of Herman Earl; and Anna, who was the wife of Mr. Tobias.

Source: Hiram Carleton; Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, Volume 2 p. 709



Charles E. Tobias, a Civil war veteran, died at his home here April 9, from the effects of a shock. The funeral was held at the Union church Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Allen officiating. Mr. Tobias leaves one daughter, Miss Daisy Tobias of this place.

Source: Burlington Free Press, April 15, 1915
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.