Charles Wesley Ogburn (1834-1885), a planter (farmer) enlisted as a private in the Chambliss Grays Company F of the 14th VA Infantry, on May 12, 1861. He soon became disillusioned with the glamour–and slaughter–of warfare.
. In September of 1861, he was hospitalized in Williamsburg, VA with typhoid fever. He was discharged on May 17, 1862 when the family “furnished a substitute in the person of James Knight”, who deserted a week later. In short, he bought his way out of the Confederate Army.
Four Ogburn brothers and their uncle, all from Forsyth County, North Carolina, served with distinction during the Civil War.
Ogburn returned home to Mecklenburg County, VA, where he farmed. The 1880 census lists him as a dealer in leaf tobacco. He died on October 15, 1885 and is buried in the Ogburn Family Cemetery at North View in Mecklenburg County, VA.
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