Feb. 1, 1845 Dennysville Washington County Maine, USA
Apr. 2, 1865 Petersburg Petersburg City Virginia, USA
1850 U. S. census: Dennysville, Washington County, Maine, USA. 1860 U. S. census: Dennysville, Washington County, Maine, USA.
Buried at Section C, Site 2800, City Point National Cemetery, 10th Avenue and Davis Street, Hopewell, Prince George County, Virginia 23860.
Killed in the Civil War in one of the "Final Assaults" in the Siege of Petersburg, Prince George County, Virginia, USA at a point near Parke Station on the Army Line & City Point Railroad.
Private U. S. Army (Union), Civil War, Company E, 31st Regiment, Maine Infantry.
According to the 31st Maine Infantry Regimental History, "(d)uring the winter of 1864-65 it garrisoned Forts Fisher and Davis until Feb. 11, when it was ordered to a point near Parke Station on the Army Line & City Point railroad, where it remained until April 2, when it assaulted the enemy's works and suffered severely." This should be where Charles Rice Lincoln died.
Two original letters survive, one from him to his Dennysville family, dated five days before he died, and one from George C. Crawford of the U. S. SANITARY COMMISSION. A copy of the original of each of these letters has been filed with the Petersburg National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service). The originals currently are in the possession of Ruth Watkins (Pew) Jaynes and may be donated to a museum (name and place of museum unknown at this time) at a future date. The two letters are transcribed in full here:
LETTER NUMBER 1:
In front [east side of] Petersburg March 28th 1865
Dear Mother Sisters & Brother
I may have no better opportunity to write to you than the present time as I think that the campaign is about to open if it was not done so already.
Since midnight there has been very heavy firing on the right about six this morning there was some very hard artillery practice but it has eased off and things are quite quiet again only once in awhile hearing fire. I do not know that I ever heard such heavy firing before but once and that was at night at Ganges Mills [might be Gaines Mill, Hanover, Hanover County, Virginia, USA, near Cold Harbor, Hanover County, Virginia, USA] last spring.
We are all packed up for a move or fight just which is most convenient, but I am in hopes that it will not be either.
We are going to have a very pleasant day I should think the ground is drying very fast and we shall see the end of the rebellion before long.
I had a letter from Alice Tinkham and she says that they are all well at home. She seames [misspelled in original] to very much pleased at the prospect of your going from Dennysville but not more than I am. I hope to hear what you have duties (?) to do and where you think of going.
Enclosed you will find a Peach blossom & Ce [et cetera] looks rather strange for you where the only thing to be sean is snow banks. There has been a great many men gone by here to the right St. Childs [need to identify this man] has just gone from here he is on Brig. Gen. Griffins [Brigadier General Charles Griffin] Staff and he says that the rebs got Fort Stedman and captured the 14th N. Y. H. A. [14th New York Heavy Artillery], but that our men rallied and got back all that was lost and got a good many prisoners I hope that the rebs have got the whole of the 14th N. Y. prisoners for they are the biggest lot of cowards bounty jumpers deserters and fools that is in the whole Potomac army, but what can be expected of privates when our Genl. set the example Gens Mead [Major General George G. Meade] & Parke [Major General John G. Parke] if they were out of the way it would help our side as much as a victory. Every thing seems to be very quite now and if the report is true and I do not see why it is not there will not be any one hurt. Fort Stedman is on the right of our corps and one of the strongest on the whole line of the rebs could have held it it would have been a great victory for them.
Love to all
C R Lincoln
Co. E 31st Maine Reg. Washington D.C.
I opened this letter to say that I saw about twenty five hundred reb prisoners that we captured this morning report says that their loss was about four thousand they were very happy lot of men glad to get into our lines at any cost and want to stay now they are here.
LETTER NUMBER 2:
U. S. SANITARY COMMISSION [Letterhead]
Head Qrs. [Quarters] 31st Maine Vols. Alexandria Va. May 16th 1865
Yours of 9th inst. [within the same month] was received last evening and I hasten to reply.
And will first say, that I sincerely sympathize with you in your affliction and loss, and devoutly pray our Gracious Father in heaven to grant you the consolations of his grace, and enable you to realize that “he doth not afflict willingly no grieve the children of men.”
“His grace is sufficient for you.” May you experience the truth of this in this time of sore trial and bereavement, and may God bless you and yours.
The prevailing opinion in the co. with which your dear son was connected is, that he was not brought alive to Div. Hospital. I have made inquires in the co. of the Sheahan boys [probably Edmund B. Sheahan and Henry Sheahan] and others – and can find no one who saw him after the charge was made.
His name is not on the record at Div. Hospital, and I can find no one among all the ward masters nurses & c. [et cetera] there who has any recollection of him; with a single exception.
A man from Penn. (a nurse) thinks some one of that name was brought in on the 2d and lived till about noon on the 3d of April. I can however find nothing reliable in reference to him, and in the absence of evidence in favor of your supposition and the accumulating evidence against it, I incline to the opinion that he must have fallen on the field of battle; and that his body was brought to the cemetery near Div. hospital on Monday 3d.
On our return from Burksville [Nottoway County, Virginia, USA], and on passing the cemetery April 23 I went in and found a large number of graves of men belonging to our regt. And among them one plainly marked C. R. Lincoln Co E.
I can find no trace of wallet, testament, or anything belonging to him.
I very much regret, Mrs. L. that I cannot give you all the information you desire. I am a parent and well know the interest and solicitude of parents in and for their children.
Again praying that the Divine presence and grace may sustain you in your deep affliction I subscribe myself your sympathizing friend.
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Pvt Charles R Lincoln, b. 1845 Dennysville, Washington, Maine son of Elizabeth, enlisted at Dennysville March 11, 1864 at age 19 into Co E 31st Maine Infantry Regiment. He was killed at Petersburg, VA Apr 2, 1865. He was originally buried at 2nd Division...(Read more) -
Phd Added: May. 12, 2014