1862 Feb. 24-26
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1862 Feb. 24-26
Letter, 24-26 February 1862, from Charles F. Powell (1843-1907) of Company B, 5th Wisconsin Infantry to William J. Burke of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Powell comments on his being court-martialed and that the case was dropped through the influence of General Winfield Scott Hancock (1824-1886). He also describes celebrating Washington's Birthday on 22 February. Powell notes that part of the brigade had captured some Confederate cavalrymen. He discusses the Union army's successes in Tennessee and the Western Theater. Powell also speculates on the "grand movement" of the Army of the Potomac. There is also a transcript copy of the letter
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Born in Illinois in 1843, Charles Francis Powell enlisted in Company B, 5th Wisconsin Infantry and served in all the major battles of the Army of the Potomac from the beginning of the Civil War until the battle of Gettysburg. He was promoted to Sergeant-Major 1 September 1863 and was discharged 10 October 1863 to accept an appointment to the United States Military Academy. Powell graduated from West Point 17 June 1867 and commissioned a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. Promoted to first lieutenant 23 April 1869, Powell was a member of the Geodetic Survey of the Northern Lakes (1867-1871) and of the Mississippi River (1877-1879). A captain from 17 June 1881, He served as engineer of the thirteenth lighthouse district, comprised of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, from 1881 to 1888 and as Secretary of the Mississippi River Commission from 1883 to 1890. Powell was the engineer commissioner of the District of Columbia from 1893 to 1897, and was promoted to major 26 January 1895. He was in charge of improvements of Pittsburgh harbor and the Alleghany River from 1897 to 1902, and in charge of the Long Island Sound defenses and of river and harbor improvements in Connecticut from 1902 to 1906. Powell was promoted to lieutenant-colonel 22 January 1904 and to brigadier-general 2 April 1906. He retired from military service 3 April 1906. Powell died in St. Paul, Minnesota 30 July 1907.
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