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Kelley, Charles Adams


Age: 18, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/64, m/i 8/29/64, Pvt, Co. G, 10th VT INF, wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, m/o 6/3/65

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Birth: 05/02/1849, Windsor, VT
Death: 12/11/1890

Burial: East Hawley Cemetery, Hawley, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 35139320


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/15/1865, VT; widow Margaret, 2/11/1891, MA
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: 10th Vt. History off-site


Great Grandfather of John Carpenter, Ellington, CT

Great Grandfather of Clyde Lee Warriner, Fowler, NY

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East Hawley Cemetery, Hawley, MA

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Charles Adams Kelley

Charles was shot in the head at the battle of Cedar Creek on October 19th, 1864 and left for dead. My grandfather who passed away two years ago told the story of how his grandfather had lied about his age and said he was born in 1848 when in fact he was born in 1850 and was merely 14 years old at the time of the battle. The rebels had crossed the creek in the early morning light and surprised the union troops as they were just waking up and getting breakfast. The union troops called a quick muster and Charlie was told to move over because he was standing in the wrong spot - as he did the man who was yelling at him was shot dead. Charlie was shot through the top of the brim on the hat (we have the hat with the hole and the blood stain) and the ball traveled through his right eye and came out below his left ear. He was left for dead. A girl noticed he was still alive and took him into their house in Virginia and nursed him back to health. (Uncle Fred knows the name of the family) After a couple years he returned to Randolph, VT to work with his father Alpha at his stove foundry. Uncle Fred tells that while Charlie was on the train to New York he befriended this fellow with the last name Wells and he had a picture of this girl and her sister Margaret Thompson from Conway, MA. Charlie wrote to Margaret during the War and afterwards when he caught wind that Margaret was going to get married to someone else - he packed up from Randolph and moved down to Conway, MA and was married. Because of health issues (TB) the doctors thought the air would be better for him up away from the mills so he moved his family from Conway up to Hawley, MA. In 1890 he passed away at 40 years of age. His son Charles married a Dolly Elizabeth Newhall and with two cows hitched to a wagon and two sons Charles Byron (7 years old) and Ernest Raymond (4 years old) moved from Hawley down to Shelburne, MA.

Military Record: KELLEY, CHARLES ADAMS, credited to Randolph; enlisted and mustered in 8/29/1864, Co. G, 10th Vermont Infantry; wounded 10/19/1864; discharged 6/3/1865.

Source: Family information; Revised Roster, p. 400.

Contributed by: John Carpenter, Ellington, Connecticut, Charles' 2nd-great-grandson.