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Federal (USV)


Charles Drayton

(c. 1843 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, a painter from North Bridgwater on enlistment in July 1861. Appointed Corporal 12 September 1862. He was in Company K.

The rest of the War

Discharged for disability 30 March 1863 at Washington, DC. Enlisted 15 January 1864 in the 3rd North Carolina Infantry (US), which became the 37th Regiment, US Colored Troops as Quartermaster-Sergeant. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Company G, 13 June 1865. Detailed as Post-Quartermaster, Wilmington, NC September - December 1865, then promoted First Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster 22 January 1866. Mustered out 11 February 1867, from Company G.

After the War

He was brevetted Captain for "faithful and meritorious service during the war."

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. Details about his service with the USCT from History of the Thirty-Seventh Regt. U.S.C. Infantry (1866) (transcribed) and Dr. Richard Reed's Raising the African Brigade, transcribed from the North Carolina Historical Review, #70 (1993) - both part of the excellent NC-US Colored Troops Project from John B. McGowan and Charles P. Barnes.


c. 1843; North Bridgewater, 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, pp. 121 - 126; Vol. 6, pg. 739  [AotW citation 7012]