Charles Carson - Coal Heaver

Charles Carson was born circa 1834 in Palmyra, New York, and enlisted on 11 January 1862 at the New York Naval Rendezvous as an coal heaver for a three year enlistment contract [1]

Carson first served aboard the U.S.S. Owasco [2]. Since the Owasco was at the Pensacola Navy Yard undergoing repairs that would last until October 1864, Carson went with a number of his shipmates to augment the Tecumseh's complement for the impending Battle of Mobile Bay after a number of her crew were sent ashore sick. He was offically attached to the Tecumseh on 4 August 1864.[3]

Carson was aboard the Tecumseh during the Battle of Mobile Bay and was reported lost with her. [4], [5]. He was about 30 years old and had been in the Navy for 3 years, seven months.



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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, New York, for the week ending January 11, 1862

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3] "Various Naval Matters" Army and Navy Journal, August 27, 1864 p13

[4] "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.

[5] Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885