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C.W. Walton

C.W. Walton

Federal (USV)


Charles Whitney Walton

(1843 - 1897)

Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 17 year old clerk living with his parents, 3 younger siblings, and two servants in Orange, Essex County, NJ, probably working for his English-born and prosperous merchant father John Thomas Walton (1808-1882).

He enlisted on 23 September 1861 in New York City and mustered as a Private in Company B, 51st New York Infantry on 8 October. He was promoted to Corporal in 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his scalp in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 17 November (to date from 29 September) 1862 and commanded his Company at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December, where his arm was grazed by a bullet. He was promoted to First Lieutenant of Company E on 30 March (dated 14 March) 1863, and to Captain, Company D, soon after E, on 13 April (from 30 March) 1864. He led the regiment in action at Poplar Grove Church, VA 29 September - 2 October and was discharged there at the end of his enlistment on 6 October 1864.

After the War

In 1870 he was a railroad clerk living with his Beck in-laws in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY and by 1880 he was a clerk in an insurance office and lived in a boarding house in Brooklyn. He was still in Brooklyn in 1890, but died at the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital for the Insane in Orange County, NY in 1897 at age 53.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 His wounding also on a casualty list in the New York Herald of 23 September 1862. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1880, the 1890 US Census of Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and his Green-Wood bio sketch,2 source also of his picture, from a photograph of unknown provenance. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Ann Eliza Beck (1843-1925) and they had two daughters, in 1870 and 1873.


06/19/1843; Norwalk, CT


03/30/1897; Middletown, NY; burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 25, p. 228  [AotW citation 30325]

2   Green-Wood Historic Fund volunteers, and Jeffrey I. Richman, Cemetery Historian, Civil War Biographies, Published 2015, first accessed 13 September 2018, <>, Source page: /2015/civil-war-biographies-walter-winser/  [AotW citation 30326]