Thursday, April 22, 2010

Capt. Charles Courtois.

Capt. Charles Courtois.

Birth: Feb. 12, 1839.
Death: Sept. 30, 1887.

Civil War Union Army Officer. He was commissioned as a Captain in the 33rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 29, 1863, and was mustered in as commander of Company D on September 4, 1863. He served first leading his troops, then performing duties as an Aide-de-Camp on the staff of the 2nd Division, XX Army Corps until he resigned on March 30, 1865.

Near Kenesaw Mountain, June 21, 1864.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that my regiment has again been engaged, having participated severely in the action of Pine Knob on the 15th and 16th instant.

The conduct of the command was excellent; the line advanced under a withering fire without a waver as steadily as if it were only a battalion drill. No body of men could have done better, and well did they sustain the proud name New Jersey's soldiers have always borne. With deep regret I announce to you the death of Lieutenant Cochrane, Company K, a most gallant and dashing young officer. Brave, cool, ready, talented in no small degree, a bright career was opening up before him. He had for gallantry on previous fields been recommended for promotion to his Excellency the Governor. On the day upon which he was buried his commission as captain was received. Thus one by one our officers are falling.

In this action I lost 1 officer and 13 men killed, 2 officers and 47 men wounded. Among the latter my adjutant slightly-now returned to duty-and Captain Courtois, Company D, slight contusion of the shoulder. I send herewith a list of the casualties.* I have also to report that First Lieutenant John J. Toffey, Company G, has been honorably discharged the service for disability resulting from wounds received at Mission Ridge in November last, that he may accept a position in the Veteran Reserve Corps. I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of commission as first lieutenant, Company E, for William Wilson, jr.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

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