Charles Watson

BirthSept. 7, 1840
DeathJuly 28, 1936
CemeteryEvergreen (Superior)
PostOld Abe (Superior)
Unit13th Indiana Infantry, Company F

Private Charles Watson

Company F, 13th Indiana Infantry

Watson was born in Ohio on September 7, 1840. He was residing in Huntington County, Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered on June 19, 1861. Watson served over 3 years and was mustered out on July 1, 1864.

The 13th Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered at Indianapolis on June 19, 1861. During the summer of 1863 the regiment was part of siege operations against Fort Wagner, South Carolina. The movie “Glory” told the story of the role played by the 54th Massachusetts in the assault on the Fort. The unit was one of the first Afro-American units used in combat.

The most costly battle for the 13th Indiana Infantry was on May 10, 1864 at the Battle of Chester Station (VA). The unit lost 8 soldiers, 7 were wounded, 19 were taken prisoner, and 1 was reported missing. Included in the wounded was Private Watson. Indiana records indicate that he was hospitalized at Hampton, Virginia. Private Watson was discharged within 2 months after being wounded.

Watson died on July 28, 1936 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior (Nuckolls County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the “Old Abe” Post (#63) of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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