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[image ALT: A head-and‑shoulders photograph, three-quarters left, of a man in early middle age. He wears a plain military tunic with 'U. S.' and a pair of crossed cannon on the rising collar, and a bar on his left epaulet but none on his right. He is Charles C. Gallup, a West Point graduate whose career is detailed on this webpage.]

Charles C. Gallup

The preceding image, and the text that follows, are reproduced from (the report of the) Twenty-Ninth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 9th, 1898.

 p23  Charles C. Gallup
No. 3242. Class of 1888.
Died, September 23, 1897, at Rochester, N. Y., aged 34.

First Lieutenant Charles C. Gallup, Fifth United States Artillery, died at Rochester, New York, on the morning of September 23, 1897, from the effect of injuries received five weeks before in an accident, caused by the breaking of a timber of a derrick, at Macedon, New York, followed by an attack of pneumonia.

Lieutenant Gallup was born at Macedon, November 27th, 1863, and on September 1st, 1884, after an education at the village school, at Moravia Academy, and at the Brockport Normal School, he was appointed a cadet at the United States Military Academy, from the twenty-seventh Congressional District of New York, the selection being made from thirty candidates appearing for competitive examination. In 1888 he graduated fifth in a class of forty-four members, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Fifth Artillery, to date June 11th of that year. After serving with the regiment in the Department of the East, and in the Department of California, he was a student officer at the  p24 United States Artillery School, where he graduated in 1894, receiving his promotion to the grade of First Lieutenant and his assignment to the Third Artillery May 28th, 1894. At his own request he was transferred back to his old regiment, the Fifth Artillery, October 10th, 1896. At the time of his death he was Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, where he had been on duty since September 13th, 1895. He was married at Rochester, New York, on April 3d, 1889, to Miss Luella H. Sage, who survives him.

His wonderful vigor and physique were evidenced by the fact that into his injuries, which would have been instantly fatal to the ordinary man, he lived for five weeks, undergoing several operations, and enduring the pain and suffering incident thereto without a murmur and with a heroism worthy the true soldier.

By the death of Lieutenant Gallup, his regiment and the army have lost an intelligent and able officer and a pleasant comrade.

E. F. M.

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