Charles B. Stevenson was born in January 1835 in Germantown, Bracken County, Kentucky. He was the son of Stephen Stevenson and Fanny Proctor. Charles was raised on the family farm in Bracken County.
On June 19, 1861, Charles enlisted for service in the Civil War, in company D of the Indiana 13th Regiment Infantry, which was organized at Indianapolis, Indiana. The infantry left the state of Indiana for West Virginia on July 4, 1861. Charles mustered out on June 20, 1864.
Charles’ military service likely included the following battles:
Battle of Rich Mountain, Virginia on July 11, 1861
Battle of Winchester March 23, 1862
Siege of Suffolk, Virginia, April 12-May 4 1863
Battle of Drury's Bluff May 14-16, 1864
Battles about Cold Harbor June 1-12, 1864
During service in the war, the Indiana 13th Regiment Infantry lost a total of 255 men: 3 officers and 104 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded; and 2 officers and 146 enlisted men by disease.
Charles suffered some injuries during the war, but was able to go home to his family. In 1880, he was living in Big Boone, Boone County, Kentucky, near his mother and siblings, doing farm work.
Charles was checked in to the U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio on September 25, 1891. His diagnosis upon registering at the home was varicose veins on his left leg as well as varicocele. He was 55 years old at that time, and described as 5’ 11” tall, with grey hair and eyes.
In 1900, Charles was renting a farm in Hamilton, Boone County, Kentucky with his brother, James.
On September 2, 1905, Charles was re-admitted into U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio.
Charles B. Stevenson died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio on October 29, 1907, at the age of 72 years. The cause of death listed was “acute cardiac dilatation.” His sister, Mary Ann Murphy was notified of her brother’s death the next day via telegraph.
Notes for Charles B. Stevenson
Birth & Residence in 1900: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Hamilton, Boone, Kentucky; Roll: 507; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 1240507.
Military: Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.
Residence in 1880: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Big Boone, Boone, Kentucky; Roll: 403; Family History Film: 1254403; Page: 552B; Enumeration District: 008; Image: 0311.
Death & Residence in 1891, 1905: Ancestry.com. U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Historical Register of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1749, 282 rolls); Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Infantry Information: http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unininf1.htm#13th (accessed 15 August 2014)