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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Charles P. Kingsbury

(Ap'd N. C.)


Charles Peeble Kingsbury: Born Mar. 11, 1816.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Ordnance, July 1, 1840.

 p25  Served: as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1840‑42, — at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1842, — and at Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1842; in command of Detroit Arsenal, Mich., 1842‑43, 1844; as Assistant to the Inspector of Armories, Arsenals, etc., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, on Ordnance duty at Corpus Christi and Galveston, and as Mustering Officer, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, as Chief of Ordnance of the Column commanded by Major-General Wool, on the march through Chihuahua, July 4, 1846, to Jan. 6, 1847, — in charge of the Saltillo Ordnance Depot, 1847, — engaged in the Battle of Buena Vista, as Additional Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Taylor, Feb. 22‑23, 1847, — and in charge of Point Isabel Ordnance

(Bvt. First Lieut., Feb. 23, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Buena Vista. Mex.)

Depot, 1847; in command of North Carolina Arsenal, 1847‑48;

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1847)

as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., 1848, — to the Inspector of Armories and Arsenals, 1848‑49, — at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., 1849‑50, — and at St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1851; in command of Little Rock Arsenal, Ark., 1851‑53, — and of Charleston Arsenal, S. C., 1853‑58;

(Captain, Ordnance, July 1, 1854, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

on Foundry duty, 1858‑61; on special duty at Ft. Delaware, 1861; and as Principal Assistant to the Chief of Ordnance, Mar. 20 to Apr. 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Superintendent of Harper's Ferry Armory, Apr. 18‑19, 1861, when destroyed to prevent its capture by a large threatening force of Rebels; in command of Kennebec Arsenal, Me., May 16 to June 1, 1861; as Chief of Ordnance of the Department of the Ohio, June 7 to Aug. 12, 1861, —

(Colonel, Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, Sep. 28, 1861)

and of the Army of the Potomac, Aug. 12, 1861, to July 15, 1862, being engaged in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign of 1862, from the Siege of Yorktown through the "Seven Days' Battles before Richmond," till relieved, by reason of sickness, at Harrison's Landing; on special duty for the War Department to the Governors of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, Aug. 18 to Nov. 19, 1862; as Inspector of Heavy Ordnance at Pittsburg, Pa., Nov. 19, 1862, to Aug. 1, 1863; in selecting site for and building Rock

(Major, Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1863)

Island Arsenal, Ill., Aug. 3, 1863, to July 16, 1865,​a and engaged in arming

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

and equipping Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Volunteers, 1864‑65.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance, Dec. 22, 1866)

Served in command of Watertown Arsenal, Mas., July 19, 1865, to Dec. 31, 1870.

Retired from Active Service, Dec. 31, 1870,
on his own application, after 30 consecutive Years of Service.

Civil History. — Author of an "Elementary Treatise on Artillery and Infantry," 1849; and Contributor to the "American Whig Review," "Western Quarterly Review," "Putnam's Monthly," and the "Southern  p26 Literary Messenger," 1840‑67. Elected Professor of Mathematics in Davidson College, N. C., 1859: declined.

Died, Dec. 25, 1879, at Brooklyn, N. Y.: Aged 61.

Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Full details of Major Kingsbury's work at Rock Island are given in "Rock Island and the Rock Island Arsenal", J. Ill. S. H. S. 33:330‑334.

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