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Charles Henry Tyler - Private   
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Contact Name:  Beverly M. Hector-Smith
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Date Added:  4/21/2008
Company I
Charles R. Douglass - 1st Sergeant   
NOT my ancestor, but such a distinguished soldier that justice demands that his name be added.

FIRST SERGEANT CHARLES DOUGLASS--the son of noted African-American abolitionist FREDERICK DOUGLASS--enlisted in Co. I of the 5th Mass. Cav. Rgt., and was mustered-into Federal service, on 26 Mar. 1864. He served with this regiment outside of Richmond, Va., in MG Ben Butler's Union Army of the James.

On 17 Jun. 1864, 1ST SGT. CHARLES DOUGLASS participated in a charge of the 5th Mass. Cav. Rgt. (serving as infantry) on Confederate works outside of Petersburg, Va., where he helped to capture a Confederate cannon.

On 15 Sep. 1864, 1ST SGT. CHARLES DOUGLASS was honorably discharged. NOTE: he had prior service in the 54th Mass. Inf. Rgt.

SOURCES:
1. Kendrick, Rev. Stephen. Douglass and Lincoln. New York, N.Y.: Walker and Co., 2008.
2. The Adjutant General. Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War. Norwood, Mass.: Norwood Press, 1932; Vol. VI, p. 528.



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