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Phelps, Charles Edward


Age: 0, credited to Guilford, VT
Unit(s): 7th MD INF
Service: 7th MD INF; LTC, wdd; disch/wds 1864 (Medal of Honor) [College: PC 52, HU]

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Birth: 05/01/1833, Guilford, VT
Death: 12/27/1908

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 5996324


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/10/1869; widow Martha W., 1/9/1909, MD
Portrait?: Findagrave off-site
College?: PC 52, HU
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


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Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore, MD

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Charles E. Phelps

Rank and Organization: Colonel, 7th Maryland Infantry.
Place and date: Laurel Hill, VA, 8 May 1864.
Entered service at: Baltimore, MD
Born: 1 May 1833, Guilford.
Died: 27 Dec 1908, Baltimore, Md.
Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Date of Issue: 30 Mar 1898.
Citation: Rode to the head of the assaulting column, then much broken by severe losses and faltering under the close fire of artillery, placed himself conspicuously in front of the troops, and gallantly rallied and led them to within a few feet of the enemy's works, where he was severely wounded and captured.

Phelps, Charles E[dward], was born in Guilford, May 1, 1833; removed with his parents to Pennsylvania in 1838, and to Maryland in 1841; graduated at Princeton College in 1853; studied law, and came to the Maryland bar in 1855; admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1859. In 1860 he was a member of the city council of Baltimore. In 1861 he was commissioned a major of the Maryland Guard, which post he resigned. In 1862 he was made Lieut.-Col. of the 7th Md. Vols., and honorably discharged on account of wounds in 1864, and was soon afterwards elected a representative from Maryland to the Thirty-ninth Congress. He was subsequently commissioned brevet brigadier-general for gallant conduct at the battle of Spotsylvania. (Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 123.)

PHELPS, Charles Edward, a Representative from Maryland; born in Guilford, Windham County, Vt., May 1, 1833; moved with his parents to New Jersey in 1837 and to Maryland in 1841; pursued classical studies in St. Timothy's Hall, near Catonsville, Md., and was graduated from Princeton College in 1852; attended the law department of Harvard University; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Baltimore, Md., in 1855; elected a member of the city council in 1860; entered the Union Army August 20, 1862, as lieutenant colonel of the Seventh Regiment, Maryland Volunteers; was promoted to colonel April 13, 1864; awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor March 30, 1898, for action at Laurel Hill; elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress and reelected as a Conservative to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869); resumed the practice of law in Baltimore, Md.; served as commissioner of public schools; judge on the supreme bench of the city of Baltimore 1882-1908; member of the law faculty of the University of Maryland 1884-1907; died in Walbrook, Baltimore, Md., December 27, 1908; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore, Md. (Congressional biography)

GPS Coordinates: 39.325714, -76.726472, photographs taken 5/21/2009 by Tom Ledoux. Cemetery is at 2130 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, MD. Entrance is just off the map at the bottom. Tombstone is on the top of a hill at the center of the graphic below; the visitor's center is just above and to the right.

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NARA File Number: P-2401-VS-1864.