Charles (1829 - 1896)
Surnames: SMART GRAUT ZARNKE
----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 10/01/1896
Smart, Charles (2 APR 1829 - 25 SEP 1896)
Died, at his home in the town of Hull, Marathon Co., Wis., on Friday, the 25th, inst., of general debility, Charles Smart, in the 68th year of his age.
Charles Smart was born at Searsport, Me., April 2nd, 1829; he enlisted in the early part of Sept. 1862, with the 6th Maine volunteer infantry and served with that regiment in the famous charge on Marya’s Heights, on the Rappahannock, May 3rd, 1863, when the regiment lost, out of 500 men, 167 killed and wounded, and it was in this charge that Mr. Smart received the injury that was the primary cause of his death. As the Union forces poured over the stone wall, on the heights, behind which the Confederates were lying, a hand to hand conflict took place, during which he received a blow from a musket across the back over the kidneys from which he never recovered, and led to his discharge the following December, when he returned to Maine.
He came to Wisconsin in 1869, and settled in Sheboygan Co.; in Oct 1870, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Calista A. Graut; in 1877 he came to Colby and became interest in property in the town of Hull, since that time where he has been an honored and respected citizen; owing to the injury mentioned above, his health has been poor since leaving the service, for the past five or six years he has seldom left home and had not visited the city for nearly two years.
He leaves to mourn him a wife, a son, Alfred, and a daughter, Mrs. Chas. Zarnke, and a son, John, and a daughter residing in Maine, by a former marriage, and a large number of sympathizing friends.
The funeral occurred at the M.E. Church in the city, and the remains interred in Colby Cemetery, Rev. J. Dix officiating.
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