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Confederate (CSV)


Charles C. Watkins

(? - 1862)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Private, Company G, 15th Virginia Infantry on 22 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. Captain Morrison, commanding the 15th Virginia, was hit while on the firing line and later wrote

... for a minute or so surely I must have lost consciousness, else I would not have allowed the ambulance corps to attempt to take me off the hotly contested field, which we still held. They started with me, in but a moment, it seems to me, four of us [with stretcher bearers] were on the ground in a pile almost. As I lay on the stretcher, I saw the ball strike poor Charlie Watkins in the head, scattering his brains. He fell with a thud and never breathed again ... I tell you, it was a hot place ...

References & notes

His service from Manarin.1 The quote above from Morrison's recollections of Sharpsburg in the SHSP.2


Date not known; Orange County, VA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Manarin, Louis H., 15th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1990  [AotW citation 21400]

2   Southern Historical Society, and Rev. John William Jones, Robert Alonzo Brock, James Power Smith, editors, Southern Historical Society Papers, 52 Vols., Richmond: Southern Historical Society, 1876-1959, Vol. XXXIII, pg. 106  [AotW citation 21401]