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C.F. Mason

C.F. Mason

Federal (USV)


Charles Felix Mason

(1842 - 1917)

Home State: Rhode Island

Education: Brown University, Class of 1861

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Artillery on 6 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was cited by Captain Tompkins in his Antietam after-action Report:

The men of my command behaved nobly, and by their bravery and coolness prevented the loss of the guns. I would especially call your attention to Lieuts. Jefferey Hayard [Hazard] and Charles F. Mason, who displayed great coolness during the engagement, and handled their guns with excellent effect.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant and transferred to Battery H on 15 October 1862. He was detached as Adjutant of the Regiment on 20 November 1863 but resigned as Adjutant on 16 February 1864. He was then on recruiting duty in Rhode Island. He returned to his Battery on 15 April and resigned his commission on 21 April 1864.

After the War

He spent a year in Europe then returned home. He was a partner in a woolen mill and related businesses in Blackstone, MA until selling in 1879. He returned to Providence and, by 1884, was president of the Rhode Island Locomotive Works, American Paper Company, Continental Steam Boat Company, two banks, and several other companies formerly run by his late father. By 1908 he was also in real estate and dealer in securities and other investments.

References & notes

Service information from Dyer.1 Personal details from Beers' Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island (1908) and Fenner's History of Battery H, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery in the War to Preserve the Union 1861-1865 (1894). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the MOLLUS Mass collection.


03/30/1842; Providence, RI


05/15/1917; burial in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 2, pp. 752, 974  [AotW citation 18693]