Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Memorial for a Teenage Soldier: Charles Edwin "Charlie" King


Birth: Apr., 1849
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1862
Washington County
Maryland, USA

Civil War Folk Figure. At age 13, he served as a drummer boy in Company F of the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was part of the Union Army of the Potomac's VI Corps. During the September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam, Maryland, the 49th Pennsylvania was stationed in the East Woods near the Miller Cornfield. During an artillery salvo of Confederate cannons, a shell exploded nearby, wounding several soldiers including Charlie King. Several of his company members carried him to a field hospital where three days later he died. He is known to be the youngest soldier of both Union and Confederate Armies to be killed in action in the Civil War. King's burial location is unknown to historians; he may have been laid to rest in a mass grave at Antietam. His parents are buried at Green Mount Cemetery, and a monument for King was later erected there as an Eagle Scout Project.

Family links:
  Pennell King (1828 - 1902)
  Adaline King (1837 - 1900)

Green Mount Cemetery *
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA


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