Charles Halsted

BirthNov. 12, 1842
DeathMarch 16, 1941
CemeteryTecumseh (Tecumseh)
PostHeckathorn (Tecumseh)
Unit52nd Illinois Infantry, Company A

Private Charles Halsted

Company A, 52nd Illinois Infantry

Halsted was born in Onondaga County, New York on November 12, 1842. He was residing in Kaneville (Kane County), Illinois when he enlisted for 3 years on October 24, 1861. Halsted served about 3 years and 8 months with the unit. He re-enlisted on December 25, 1863 and was mustered out July 6, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Some Civil War sources spell his last name “Holsted” or “Halstead”.

The 52nd Illinois Infantry was organized at Geneva, Illinois on November 19, 1861. During Halsted’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

The “Find-a-Grave” website details some of Halsted’s life after the Civil War. A partial list includes:

1868 – moved to Johnson County in a covered wagon.

1869-1872 – farmed in the area.

1872 – purchased a livery stable. Ran the operation for many years.

1877 – elected as Johnson County sheriff. Served 3 terms.

Halsted died on March 26, 1941 at the age of 97 years. He is buried in the Tecumseh Cemetery in Tecumseh (Johnson County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Heckathorn Post (#47) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Tecumseh. In addition, he was a member of the Little Phil Post (#270) of the GAR in Tecumseh. Posts 47 and 270 consolidated their operation.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.