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C.S. Emerson

C.S. Emerson

Federal (USV)


Charles Smith Emerson

(1831 - 1905)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

He had been in business in Auburn 8 years when ...

The act of the legislature authorizing enlistments was approved April 23, 1861. At a meeting held on the evening of that day, Charles S. Emerson, lieutenant of Auburn Artillery, headed the list of volunteers, and is said to be the first person to enlist in Maine.
At age 30, he was commissioned Captain, Company H (formerly the Auburn Artillery), First Maine Infantry on 3 May 1861, for 3 months' service. Then Captain, Company H, 10th Maine Infantry on 4 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He led his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major of the Regiment on 17 March 1863, and mustered out with them in May. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 29th Maine Infantry on 30 November 1863 and mustered out in June 1866.

After the War

He returned to Auburn and was there for the rest of his life. He was a supplier of wood and coal, and served at least briefly in Auburn City government, being on the City Council in 1870. By 1883 he was a Director of the Tobie & Clark Manufacturing Company in Auburn, making pumps. He was at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) annual encampment in San Francisco in 1886.

References & notes

Service from Gould's History,1 source also of his picture. Gould has his birth date as 19 January 1830. His gravesite is on Findagrave, and has his birth date as 9 January 1831. Details from History of Litchfield and an Account of Its Centennial Celebrations (1895) and Georgia Drew Merrill's History of Androscoggin County, Maine (1891), source of the quote above.


01/19/18301; Litchfield, ME


06/17/1905; burial in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, ME


1   Gould, John Mead, History of the First - Tenth - Twenty-ninth Maine regiment, Portland: Stephen Berry, 1871, pp. 300, 649  [AotW citation 17418]