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Thompson, Charles Augustus


Age: 19, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 17th MI INF
Service: enl 6/9/62, Kalamazoo, MI, m/i, CORP, Co. D, 17th MI INF, 6/30/62, pr SGT 11/15/63, pow, Spotsylvania Court House, 5/12/64, pr 1SGT, 2/3/65, pr 2LT, 4/25/65, m/o 6/3/65, Delaney House, Washington, DC (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 02/16/1843, Perrysburg, OH
Death: 08/24/1900

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 22686


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/14/1891, VT
Portrait?: Findagrave
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


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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Charles Augustus Thompson

Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Co. D, 17th Michigan Infantry.
Place and date: At Spotsylvania, VA, 12 May 1864.
Entered service at: Kalamazoo, Mich.
Born: 16 Feb 1843, Perrysburg, Ohio.
Died: 24 Aug 1900, Rutland.
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Date of Issue: 27 Jul 1896.
Citation: After the regiment was surrounded and all resistance seemed useless, fought single-handed for the colors and refused to give them up until he had appealed to his superior officers.

Rutland Daily Herald, August 25, 1900:

Charles A. Thompson died of acute stomach trouble yesterday morning at about 10:30 o'clock at his home on Roberts avenue after a two months illness. The deceased was 57 years of age. He is survived by a wife and one daughter, Miss Sadie Thompson of this city, and by a son, Dr. H.J. Thompson of Alma, Mich. The funeral will be held at the house Sunday afternoon and Roberts post, Grand Army of the Republic, will have charge of the services at the grave.

Mr. Thompson had been identified with several business interests in Rutland and vicinity. He was at one time superintendent of the Gilson & Woodfin marble works at West Rutland. Later he was a member of the Rutland Cracker company. He was for three years a lieutenant in company D, 17th Michigan volunteers, and was awarded a special medal of honor by Congress for gallantry at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Mr. Thompson returned to this city last spring from the West, where he had lived for five years.

Contributed by Jennifer Snoots.


NARA File Number: R&P 455321.