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Federal (USV)


Charles Huston Hale

(1837 - 1872)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: 2nd Division, 9th Corps

Before Antietam

Oldest child of wealthy attorney, judge, and US Congressman James Tracy Hale (1810-1865), in 1860 he was 23 years old and living with his parents and younger siblings in Bellefonte, Centre County, PA. He enrolled for 3-months' service and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company, H, 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 April 1861 and mustered out with them on 26 July. He was commissioned First Lieutenant in the 19th United States Infantry on 5 August 1861, was briefly at Indianapolis, IN, then on recruiting duty in Pennsylvania. He was appointed Captain and additional aide de camp (ADC) of Volunteers on 25 June 1862 and assigned to General Sturgis' staff.

On the Campaign

He was an aide-de-camp (ADC) to General Sturgis' on the campaign in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain in the 19th US Infantry on 20 February 1865 but resigned his commission on 28 April 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was a lawyer back in Bellefonte and lived in his widowed mother's home with two brothers and a sister. He was awarded an invalid veteran's pension in July 1871 but died the next year.

References & notes

His service from Heitman,1 the Card File,2 and Letters Received by the Commission Branch, Adjutant General's Office, USA 1863-1870, online via fold3. Maryland detail from the General's after-action Report. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1870. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1837; Towanda, PA


10/03/1872; burial in Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, PA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 487  [AotW citation 28776]