Looking for Charles Isaac Beach, Norwalk, CN, Seminole, Mexican, Civil War veteran-& son, Charles Nathan Beach

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Charles Isaac Beach was a sea captain who, because of his familiarity with cannon, served on land as an artilleryman, His picture hung in the Hartford Statehouse.
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Charles Nathan Beach is my great grandfather and married my grandmother, Mary Ann  Theresa Hussey in  1874 in St Joseph Ch, Pittsfield MA.  He was a silversmith and worked for Gorham and Cut Glass Co, both in Meriden, CN.
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on Fold3.com I found a Charles Beach who died 27 October 1925 in a Soldier's Home (doesn't say where) who appears to have served from 1901 to 1917. I did not found any artillerymen from Connecticut named either Charles or Isaac Beach who served in the Civil War

 

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Thank you for your reply.  I'll check it out, but, unfortunately (for me), I think the Charles Beach you found is probably not either of the ones I'm looking for. The closest would be my Great Grandfather, Charles Nathan Beach, the silversmith, but he was married in 1874.  Making an assumption that he was about 20 years old (I actually think he was a bit older because my Great Granmother was 28 when they married), that would make him 47 in 1901, long in the tooth to join the military, and extremely old at his retirement.   He (your Charles) is also not my Grandfather, although I suppose he conceivably (so to speak) be a half brother to him.

Charles Isaac, , his father, the sailor, might not have been listed in any Connecticut Army units, as  he was a sailor, even though serving with Soldiers.  He also could have served with Federal forces. and not just State.   I have been told, his portrait hung in the Statehouse - so this is something I also have to ask the Connecticut Historical Society about.

There appear to be more than a few Charles Beachs, so I'm afraid I'll just have to continue my search.  Thanks, again, for replying.  if I find out anything additional, I'll post it here.

My check was for any Union man from CT who served in the Civil War - particularly artillery, and no luck. It looks like CT is just getting their records online - I assume that is because there are SOOO MANY that it takes forever to get them all indexed.

Anyway, I assume that you are familiar with how to get the military records from NARA? $25 for the military records of Charles Isaac seems a reasonable fee to learn the whole story. (the extra $75 for pension records is a bit harder to swallow, but can still result in priceless clues if you are looking to go back in time and don't know the man's father)

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/pre-ww-1-records.html

 

Good luck!

Thank you very much.  I am just starting to do the searches of archieves, etc.  Most of what we know is from my father, but with little documentation.  It's a very interesting process.

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