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Federal (USV)


Charles Ranson Crafts

(1840 - 1915)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old farmer in Whatley, MA, he enlisted at Worcester on 2 August 1861 in Company G, 21st Massachusetts Infantry. He was wounded at Chantilly, VA on 1 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded again, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 January 1864 at Camp Nelson, KY, and was discharged for disability - from chronic diarrhea and tuberculosis contracted in the service - on 15 August 1864 at Petersburg, VA.

After the War

In 1870 and to at least 1880 he worked on his father's farm in East Whatley, MA. In 1900 he was a day laborer in Orange, MA and he'd retired to Hatfield by 1910.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870 - 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Lizzie Charlotte Crafts (cousin?) in June 1870 and they had a daughter, Cora Louise.


03/20/1840; Nashua, NH


10/29/1915; North Hatfield, MA; burial in Center Cemetery, Whately, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 627  [AotW citation 26477]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26478]